Buyers to be Surveyed on Mandatory Disclosure of Surgeries

Thousands of Thoroughbred buyers soon will be receiving surveys asking what they think about the mandatory disclosure of surgeries that cause permanent changes in the conformation of sale horses.

Distribution of the questionnaires was

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Thousands of Thoroughbred buyers soon will be receiving surveys asking what they think about the mandatory disclosure of surgeries that cause permanent changes in the conformation of sale horses.


Distribution of the questionnaires was scheduled to begin the week of April 17. The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) provided funding for the survey, which is being conducted by the Matrix Group.


Surgeries that result in permanent changes in conformation include transphyseal bridging and periosteal elevations. The mandatory disclosure of such procedures is a requirement of the Sales Integrity Program’s code of ethics that was developed in 2004 by a task force organized by TOBA in response to complaints about the auction business.


However, the monitoring committee, which was created by the task force to oversee the code of ethics, delayed the implementation of the surgical disclosure provision last year after some consignors expressed concerns about how information about surgical procedures would be collected and managed. Some sellers also questioned whether the surgical information was something buyers really wanted

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Deirdre Biles is the Bloodstock Sales Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine.

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