The Use of SAA Testing

A Practical Example of the Use of SAA Testing

The graph below shows the SAA test results for one of the horses taking part in the trial over a particular period.

 Horse G1 Graph SAA

This horse was reported as being in good condition, no abnormalities or problems apparent to either the trainer or to the vet. The SAA results from 12/03 however indicated that the horse was having a problem and that there had been a very marked activation if it’s immune system in response to an unknown challenge. The horse raced on the 19/03 and performed poorly; well below expectations for the field it raced with.

So Seamus is convinced of the usefulness of SAA as a tool to help in monitoring his horse’s performance. However, he is also aware that SAA is not a “wonder test”. Tridelta doesn’t claim that the test will help a horse win! It also isn’t a guarantee; it will tell the trainer that the horse is clear of any inflammatory processes or reactions which can prevent optimum performance: it can’t of course tell how it will perform against other horses in a race on any given day, only that there is no reason detectable by SAA which would affect the horse’s performance. Even so, experience has shown that SAA testing is a valuable addition to preparation for racing: regular monitoring can also show the general health condition of the horse and can be an indicator of how the animal is recovering from a problem as well as indicate that a problem is developing. Our work with Seamus has also shown that taking the sample before or after exercise does not affect the result.

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