The Trace element Cobalt – the latest doping scandal? This week saw a guilty verdict in a long-running case over cobalt doping against Australian trainers Lee and Shannon Hope brought by Racing Victoria. But what is cobalt and why the interest? Scan the list of ingredients on a vitamin and mineral supplement and you may occasionally come across cobalt. Many horses owners may not even have heard of cobalt and even few
First of all, in case you don’t know I do actually work in the equine supplement industry. Yes, I make my living partly from this industry. Yes, I need to sell supplements to generate income. However, I spent 25 years in research, a large part of it involved with equine nutrition and 12 years learning the skills necessary to formulate, develop, manufacture and trial equine supplements. Not a day goes by now whe
Shipping-Fever in Horses Transport in general has been identified by a number of authors as an important risk factor for the development of respiratory disease (Austin et al. 1995; Mair and Lane 1989; Raphel and Beech 1982). The risk clearly increases with journey duration, especially in excess of 10 h. A severe manifestation of the effects of transport on the respiratory tract may be the development of “shipping–fev
Dr David Marlin is a scientist with more than 20 years experience in physiology and biochemistry. His specialist areas include exercise physiology, respiratory and cardiovascular physiology and disease, thermoregulation, physiological measurement, imaging and diagnostic devices. He has worked with a variety of species including horses, dogs, cats and human subjects. One of David's highest profile projects was the research into the effects of heat and humidity in the lead up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.