Conditioning for Competition


Exercise Causes Slight Hoof Changes, Researchers Report

December 12, 2009

About 30% of lameness in horses is associated with foot problems, yet little research focuses on the biomechanics and function of the equine hoof. Researchers recently found slight differences in horses' hooves following exercise.... Read More


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


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


Older Horse Elmer Bandit Completes Iowa Competitive Ride

September 21, 2009

Perfect fall weather found 38-year-old Elmer Bandit completing both days of the Stephens Forest Competitive Trail event near Lucas, Iowa, this past weekend. The event added 40 miles... Read More


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


Older Horses: Elmer Bandit Might Compete This Month

September 02, 2009

Elmer Bandit, the 38-year-old record holder for competitive trail mileage, hasn't hit the trails lately, but last weekend found the gray Half-Arabian and owner Mary Anna... Read More


Equine Heat Tolerance Parameters Examined in Study

August 26, 2009

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


16-Year-Old Quarter Horse Racehorse Still Winning

August 20, 2009

American Quarter Horse runner Silent Cash Dasher on Sunday won at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Okla. Owned and trained by Gary Earp of Jay, Okla., the gelding by Dash Easy is 16 years old.

In a sport with the majority of its participants... Read More


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.

"What I am looking for... Read More


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


Readers Share Equine Exercise Regimens

June 05, 2009

More than 1,150 readers of responded to a poll asking, "During peak riding times in your region, how often do you ride or exercise your horses?"

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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


Core Training Exercise Guidelines

May 18, 2009

Core training exercises can be done without a warm-up--for example, in horses that are recovering from injury--because the horse controls the amount of motion, and loading of the joints is less than during locomotion. Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS,... Read More


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


Emergency Care at Endurance Events

March 14, 2009

Endurance rides are often held in wilderness areas without good road access, posing a challenge when trying to reach a horse in distress. A Treatment Veterinarian should be equipped with sufficient horsepower (vehicle, ATV, or horse) to reach a horse... Read More


Emergency Veterinary Care at Horse Shows

March 04, 2009

Most horse show emergencies are able to be cared for on-site, but if a crisis develops, the horse should be stabilized and transported to a full-care facility, according to Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn. ... Read More


Endurance Events (AAEP 2008)

February 12, 2009

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Tart Cherry Juice May Reduce Muscle Damage

February 08, 2009

A recent human study has found that tart cherry juice blend (TCJB) had beneficial effects on exercising muscle. The objective was to determine if TCJB can lessen exercise-induced muscle damage in horses, as measured by serum enzymatic markers.... Read More


Show Horse Health (AAEP 2008)

February 04, 2009

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Elmer Bandit's Winter Workouts Move Inside

January 30, 2009

Winter weather has driven 37-year-old competitive trail horse Elmer Bandit and his owner and rider Mary Anna Wood inside for dressage lessons.... Read More


Survey Finds Eventers Nutritionally Sound, but Oversupplemented

December 28, 2008

In a survey of leading three-day event riders, researchers found that the majority of riders fed their horses based on research-driven recommendations, but the number of supplements used per horse did raise some eyebrows.

During the Jersey... Read More


Different Approach to Assessing Training Adaptation

December 25, 2008

Dutch researchers report that a different technique for assessing adaptation to training gives a more accurate picture than the usual approach of measuring muscle enzyme levels. In the study, researchers... Read More


Caring for Older Horses: The Elmer Bandit Diet

November 23, 2008

As it turns out, feeding Elmer requires careful consideration and a serious time commitment.... Read More


Ride Along at the FEI World Endurance Championship

November 21, 2008

The first-ever FEI World Endurance Championship in Malaysia was held Nov. 7-8 in Terengganu. Meg Sleeper, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, and her horse, Syrocco Reveille, competed on the team representing the United States.

While the competition didn't... Read More


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