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By Sarah Pilliner

This transparent and concise consultant to getting horses healthy explains the alterations that happen within the horse's physique in the course of workout and coaching. this information may well then be used to plot appropriate education programmes for many equestrian disciplines.An crucial booklet for all horse vendors, the 3rd variation has been typically up-to-date and comprises information about the newest workout body structure study. The ebook units out transparent directions at the care of the pony prior to, in the course of and after pageant and explains the issues functionality horses tend to come upon.

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Previous page page_48 next page > < previous page page_49 next page > Page 49 Fig. 8 The digital readout strapped to the wrist. trical activity caused by nerve impulses in the heart muscle. This is a very specialised technique which has been used to relate the horse's heart size to performance potential. Assuming that a larger mass of heart muscle requires a longer time to contract, a specific portion of the ECG trace is thought to indicate the heart size of the animal, and is called the 'heart score'.

Previous page page_37 next page > < previous page page_38 next page > Page 38 the muscle because the horse is not working hard. However, glycogen stores will eventually be used up; there will be no source of energy for the muscle fibres and they will no longer be able to contract. ) Once all the glycogen has been depleted from muscle cells, it takes 48 to 72 hours to replace it. Lactic Acid Build-up As the speed of the work increases, fast twitch low oxidative fibres will be recruited. The blood becomes unable to supply oxygen in large enough amounts for aerobic respiration to take place, and anaerobic (without oxygen) respiration will commence.

It has been estimated that it takes up to 3 years to realise the full potential of the circulation when bringing a totally unfit horse into work. < previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 Fig. 5 The effect of exercise: increased heart size. Fig. 6 The effect of exercise: capillarisation of muscles. These internal changes in the heart, circulation and respiratory system show themselves to the rider as the horse gets fitter by: • a slower resting heart rate • a less dramatic increase in heart rate and respiration rate for a given amount of exercise • a quicker recovery rate (the time taken for heart rate and/or respiration rate to return from working levels to resting levels).

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