Monitoring Exercise Performance

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Healing the Hoof During Therapy or Layup

December 09, 2011

Farriers can help devise a hoof care plan to helps a performance horse return to work as soon as possible.... Read More

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Genetics and Pedigree Go Head to Head

September 08, 2011

The first day of the Thoroughbred Genetics, Pedigree, and Performance Conference provided informative sessions... 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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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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Breeders' Cup: KHRC Rules on Life At Ten Incident

March 11, 2011

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) voted there was probable cause to believe that both jockey John Velazquez and chief state steward John Veitch were in violation of regulations regarding Life At Ten's participation in the 2010 Breeders' Cup... Read More

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Breeders' Cup: Life At Ten Should Have Undergone Post-Race Testing

March 11, 2011

In reviewing the circumstances surrounding Life At Ten's subpar performance in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KRHC) has concluded that the filly should have ... Read More

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Heart Problems in Horses

December 25, 2010

The circulatory system (heart and blood vessels) and respiratory system (lungs and airway) work together to provide oxygen throughout the horse's body, and to transport waste material from the horse's tissues. During exercise, the circulatory and ... Read More

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Technology at WEG Endurance Event: GPS Tracking and Swipe Card Accuracy

September 25, 2010

Cutting-edge GPS technology will provide real-time tracking of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Endurance competitors as they race tomorrow in Lexington, Ky. "Anyone with a laptop will be able to track the horses, at the event ... Read More

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Exercising Horses on a Treadmill, Step by Step

September 11, 2010

The Rutgers Equine Science Center launched a virtual tour of the equine exercise physiology laboratory.... Read More

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Managing Abnormal Heart Rhythm in the Performance Horse

August 31, 2010

Exercise intolerance often is first sign that a performance horse has an abnormal heart rhythm, said Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, internal medicine clinician and graduate fellow in the department of large animal medicine at the Univer... Read More

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Microbiopsy May Predict Performance

May 29, 2010

A new, simple muscular microbiopsy technique can reveal important information about a horse's athletic potential as well as possible pathologies that can affect performance, according to a new study by Belgian researchers.

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Electrolytes

May 11, 2010

Loss of electrolytes has far-reaching consequences, impacting virtually all of the horse's body systems.... Read More

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Equine Arthritis

May 01, 2010

Equine arthritis refers to an inflammation of the joint, and there are four different types.... Read More

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Equine Upper Airway

May 01, 2010

Understand the structure and function of the equine upper respiratory system to understand horses' breathing.... 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.

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Pregnant Mare Exercise: No Negative Effect on Fetuses in Study

January 28, 2010

Some of us tend to think we should keep a broodmare's physical efforts down to a minimum. But new research shows the heart rates of 9-month-old fetuses remained unchanged during and after maternal exercise.... 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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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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Equine Heat Tolerance Parameters Examined in Study

August 26, 2009

Brazilian researchers are working towards understanding heat tolerance in horses.... Read More

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Saddle Pad Research Shows Variable Changes in Rider Pressure

August 12, 2009

Saddle pads might help reduce painful pressure on a horse's back caused by ill-fitting saddles, but the ideal pad will vary from horse to horse and from saddle to saddle, according to a new study by Austrian researchers.

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Tevis Veterinarians Add New Post-Ride Check

July 30, 2009

Head Tevis Cup veterinarian Greg Fellers, DVM, will implement a new post-ride vet check this year. His check will be conducted within two hours after horses complete the 100-mile ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, Calif.

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Researchers Examine Oral Acetate for Equine Exercise Recovery

June 15, 2009

An inaugural study has found that a sodium acetate electrolyte solution given orally with a typical hay and grain meal following exercise enhanced skeletal muscle metabolism to restore depleted glycogen (energy) sources.... Read More