The next time your equine athlete is on stall rest, don’t ask why his barnmates seem so much sounder than him unless you really want to hear the answer: Researchers recently determined that several factors—from the animal’s history to your own training and management techniques—appear to make horses more or less likely to miss training days due to injury.

Horses with previous orthopedic injuries typically need about twice as many days off as horses without such histories, said Agneta Egenvall, DVM, PhD,

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