Thursday, February 26, 2015

Exercise's Effects on Horses' Back Dimensions and Saddle Fit - Full Article

By Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor
Feb 4, 2015

If you're a runner, you've probably noticed that after a 45-minute jog your calf muscles seem a bit swollen or enlarged. They are responding to post-training fluid shifts, fiber hypertrophy (thickening), and the general strain of exercise. Horses' muscles, particularly along the back, respond to exercise in the same way. Have you ever thought about what effect this might have on your saddle's fit as your horse works?

Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS, and her colleagues at the Animal Health Trust, in Newmarket, U.K., did. They recently studied exercise-induced changes in horses' back dimensions...

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