Conditioning Young Horses

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Racehorses, Swimming, and Colic

August 28, 2011

While swimming-induced colic does occur, it doesn't happen as frequently as some might have thought.... Read More

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Are High-Speed Treadmills Safe for Horses?

August 23, 2011

Researchers determined that few injuries occur to horses during treadmill exercise. ... Read More

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Ask the Vet Live Q&A: Conditioning Horses Now Available

May 31, 2011

TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE event on conditioning horses was held on May 26, and the recording is now ... Read More

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Conditioning Horses

May 30, 2011

Learn about how your horse's body adapts to exercise and how to optimize his fitness.... Read More

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Physical Conditioning Important for Previously Idle Horses

May 15, 2011

In movies it is not unusual to see a cowboy ride his horse forever, through all types of weather and terrain; in reality, horses are equine athletes that must be properly conditioned to perform as needed. "The general design of an equine conditioning... Read More

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Conditioning Through the Seasons: Spring and Summer

April 25, 2011

How your horse's body adapts to exercising and how he acclimates to spring and summer weather conditions. ... Read More

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Dynamic Mobilization Exercises Activate the Sport Horse's Core

September 28, 2010

Anyone who has pilates classes knows how it strengthens your 'core' muscles, but did you know similar stretches and exercises can also strengthen and condition your horse? Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine ... Read More

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Basic Conditioning of the Equine Athlete

August 02, 2010

Basic conditioning of the equine athlete involves consideration of the event in which the horse will be competing, the level of competition that you expect the horse to achieve, the time you have in which to condition the horse, and the horse... Read More

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Respiratory Tract Abnormalities and Racehorse Performance

March 27, 2010

Abnormalities in the throats of yearling racehorses will negatively impact the horses' athletic potential, making careful evaluation of these structures an important part of the prepurchase examination.

"Veterinarians routin... Read More

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Cinch Up (Safely and Neatly)

February 03, 2010

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Radiographic Abnormalities in Young Quarter Horses Common, AAEP 2009

January 29, 2010

A high prevalence of radiographic abnormalities exist in the joints of yearling and 2-year-old Quarter Horses.... Read More

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Lawsonia Infection in Foals: No Negative Effect as Adults (AAEP 2009)

January 29, 2010

Horses that recover from Lawsonia intracellularis infections cost less as yearlings than their siblings, but they race just as well. The bacterium L. intracellularis is the causative bacterial agent for equine proliferative enteropathy (E... Read More

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Emerging Disease: Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

December 27, 2009

Equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) is an emerging intestinal disease primarily of recently weaned foals. Lawsonia intracellularis, the causative bacterium of EPE, is capable of inducing similar disease in many animal species... Read More

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Rider Position, Horse Back Movement Evaluated

December 22, 2009

A rising trot is less loading to a horse's back than a sitting trot, producing less vertical force as measured through new biomechanical techniques, according to Dutch researchers. From the kinematic data of 13 riders on two horses, scientists were ... Read More

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Study: Lactate Levels Could Guide Equine Conditioning Programs

November 17, 2009

Low-intensity exercise over long periods was an effective approach to conditioning horses, as indicated by blood lactate levels measured in a new study. Blood lactate, the ionized form of lactic acid, which is a byproduct of... Read More

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Condition Horses to Prevent Lameness

October 02, 2009

An athlete's body is conditioned to withstand an amazing amount of work and stress. From runners to swimmers, all athletes train their bodies to handle the specific stress their sport requires. Unfortunately, it is still not uncommon for these ... Read More

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Training Alters Stride in Racehorses

September 19, 2009

Training mature racehorses produces a decrease in the protraction (extension) time of the forelimb and might reduce the risk of training-induced injuries, said Marta Ferrari, DrMedVet, PhD, MRCVS, of Park Veterinary Centre in Watford, U.K, and... Read More

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Pilates for Horses?

June 01, 2009

Preliminary results from research suggest you can strengthen your horse's core muscles to help him be healthier, no matter his job in life.

"One of the things we know from human medical research is that when people get... Read More

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Racehorse Exercise Predicts Bone Strength (AAEP 2008)

April 05, 2009

Nearly 20% of fatal musculoskeletal injuries in Thoroughbred atheletes are due to complete humeral (forearm bone) fractures, which often occur early in training or following an prolonged layup.... Read More

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Show Horse Health (AAEP 2008)

February 04, 2009

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Exercise's Effects Vary by Tendon Type

November 18, 2008

Researchers from the United Kingdom recently embarked on an 18-month exercise study to determine why the equine superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is more prone to injury than the various other tendons located in the distal (lower) part of... Read More

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Training Age and Soundness

October 01, 2008

Does the fact that cutting horses are started so young have any effect on their future soundness? Is it best to wait another year before starting them in training?... Read More

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10 Principles of Exercise Physiology

June 01, 2008

Basic principles you can apply to your everyday training to boost your horse�s performance.

Elite athletes are always looking for an edge over their competitors, and many times they find that edge by applying the science o... Read More

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Detecting Latent Back Pain in Horses

March 19, 2008

Even if they can't tell you where it hurts, horses with back pain will soon be able to benefit from Scottish and Austrian research focusing on the long muscles of the equine back.

In the article, which is slated for an upcoming edition of... Read More

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Early Exercise and Future Tendon Health

January 07, 2008

Tendon injuries are an important cause of wastage in athletic horses, particularly (when injuries occur in) energy storing tendons--such as the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT)--which act like springs to contribute to movement.... Read More