Sunday, September 02, 2012

Be Alert for Early Signs of Fatigue in Endurance Horses - Full Article

By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · August 29, 2012

A study of fatigue in long-distance endurance horses might offer some helpful insights for trail riders who ride for shorter distances.

In a study conducted by the University of California-Davis, researchers analyzed almost 3,500 records of horses competing in endurance rides. These rides were sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference and all horses were required to have veterinary checks every 10 to 20 miles throughout each race, which ranged in distance from 25 to 100 miles. Horses were eliminated from the competition if they were found to be lame or showed signs of significant fatigue.

For the horses whose records were examined, 19% were eliminated for some reason before completing the race. About 47% of eliminations were because of lameness. The next most common reason for elimination was a metabolic cause such as delayed capillary refill or slow cardiac recovery at a vet check...

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