's Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A event on conditioning horses was held on May 26, and the recording is now available.

Hooray for warmer weather, more riding, and more training time! But before we hit the trails and arenas, let's not forget that if our horses have been in "winter storage," their bodies (and ours!) will need some conditioning before they're ready for a heavy work schedule. How does your horse's body adapt to exercise, and how can you tailor your conditioning program to maximize his fitness and soundness? How do you know when he is (or isn't) ready for more work? Horse owners worldwide got answers to these questions and many more during this session.

This free live chat was brought to you by Farnam.

Our on-call panelists for this event were:

Meg Sleeper, VMDMeg Sleeper, VMD, Associate Professor of Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine and the school's Cardiology Section Chief since 2001. Her primary research interests include inherited heart diseases, in particular inherited cardiomyopathies and therapeutic gene transfer. She is also an avid world-class endurance competitor with more than 14,000 miles logged and placings in endurance competitions in six countries, in addition to a best condition award.

Todd Holbrook, DVM, Dipl. ACVIMTodd Holbrook, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Associate Professor of Equine Medicine at Oklahoma State University and the Equine Section Chief. His special interests in equine medicine include infectious disease, gastrointestinal disease, and sports medicine. He has worked at numerous endurance competitions, nationally, and internationally, over the past 15 years. He raises Quarter Horses and competes in reining with his family.

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