Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Understanding Your Horse's 'Engine' During Exercise - Full Article

By Erica Larson, News Editor
Sep 10, 2014

The exhilaration of a gallop through a field might make your heart race, but you're not alone: Your horse's heart is working hard to power every stride he takes. Along with his respiratory system, a horse's cardiovascular system serves as the engine he needs to perform everything from day-to-day activities to high-level athletic pursuits. But both systems have limits, and it's important to understand them.

Anna M. Firshman, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR, an associate clinical professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, reviewed how the horse's cardiovascular and respiratory systems function during exercise at the 2014 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held June 4-7 in Nashville, Tennessee...

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