Three organizations dedicated to improving horse health announced a call for research proposals to investigate bisphosphonate administration in racehorses and in young racing prospects intended for sale at public auction.

The initiative by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation seeks to understand how bisphosphonates affect the long-term health and soundness of equine athletes. No research exists regarding the medication’s influence on horses under four years of age.

“The expeditious development, funding and execution of targeted tactical research will be critical to our industry’s efforts to effectively regulate the use of bisphosphonates and prevent their abuse,” said RMTC Chair Alex Waldrop.

The groups are seeking research on:

  • Improving existing detection methodologies, including the potential use of alternative matrices such as hair and biomarkers in addition to the traditional testing matrices of urine and blood;
  • Understanding bisphosphonate administration’s effects on bone healing and remodeling; and/or
  • Assessing bisphosphonates’ analgesic properties in the horse.

Find the complete proposal request at The submission deadline is Oct. 1.

For more information about submitting a proposal for consideration, please contact Johnny Mac Smith, DVM, of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, at 859/224-2850.