The professional development room at Avoca Park is filled with equine industry professionals and interested horse owners. Everyone sits in plastic chairs as the presenters finish their preparations for the next three days’ work. Wheel the Lead – or Wheely – lies on the table, mostly shrouded in shade cloth and towels, a bunch of flowers resting on his ribcage. He is a 16-year-old Thoroughbred ex-racehorse and yesterday he passed away.
Today, this roomful of people will have the opportunity to learn from Wheely, even after his death. Under the guidance of renowned equine anatomist Sharon May-Davis, assisted by spinal veterinarian Dr Christine Gee, we will learn what was truly going on beneath his skin.