Race performance after laryngoplasty and ventriculocordectomy in National Hunt racehorses

S. Z. Barakzai, Lisa Boden, P. M. Dixon

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Objective— To evaluate the effect of laryngoplasty (LP) on race performance in longer distance (National Hunt) Thoroughbred racehorses.

Study Design— Case-control study.

Animals— National Hunt Thoroughbred racehorses (n=71) and race-matched controls (n=126).

Methods— Race records for National Hunt racehorses that had LP and ventriculocordectomy were analyzed and racing performance was compared with race-matched controls.

Results— Sixty-three of 71 cases were matched with controls. Postoperatively, 78% of cases raced, 47% improved their individual performance and cases were as likely to start in 1 or 3 races as controls. In the 5 preoperative races, case horses earned less prize money than race-matched controls but there was no difference in prize money earned in 5 postoperative races between groups. Cases started in significantly fewer total (lifetime) races both before and after the date of surgery compared with controls.

Conclusions— LP seemingly restored short-term postoperative racing performance of National Hunt horses to a level comparable with that of a matched control population; however, the career “longevity” of case horses appears to be shorter than that of control horses.

Clinical Relevance— LP appears to be a suitable treatment for recurrent laryngeal neuropathy in National Hunt racehorses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-945
Number of pages5
JournalVeterinary Surgery
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


  • Animals
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Horses
  • Laryngeal Diseases
  • Laryngectomy
  • Larynx
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Running
  • United Kingdom
  • Vocal Cords
  • Journal Article


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