exercise

The Heat Is On And Hard For Some Racehorses

Exertional heat illness (EHI) in competition horses is becoming more prevalent as temperatures rise across the globe. Affected horses may kick out randomly, shake their head, paw or be reluctance to move. Horses affected with EHI may take longer to recover after exercise, breathe rapidly, sweat profusely and hav a rapid heartrate for longer than […]

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3D Mapping Of Atrial Fibrillation To Help Both Horses And Humans

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and the University of Adelaide in Australia are collaborating to learn about heart rhythm disorders in horses, including atrial fibrillation. The scientists are using 3D mapping to learn more about the disorder, which also occurs in humans. Though exercise is healthy, too much exercise can cause scar […]

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Stretching Exercises Can Help Horses Return To Work After Colic Surgery

Colic surgery that opens a horse’s abdominal cavity requires an extensive recovery time, where the horse is generally kept as still as possible in a stall to allow his muscles to heal. Though necessary, this confinement causes a horse to lose muscle strength and tone, and makes the return to an athletic career even more […]

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The End Of Race Day Lasix? Two Studies Examine Effectiveness Of Dosing 24 Hours Pre-Race

In 2015, The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation sought research on Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) and how to control the condition without race-day medication. Two research projects were selected for funding, and now results are in. Both studies, which were recently published in peer-reviewed journals, were designed to test the effect of furosemide (Lasix) under […]

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Turn ‘Em Out: Pastured Horses Maintain Fitness

New research shows that pastured horses can stay as fit as their counterparts that live in a stall follow an exercise regimen. Dr. Patricia M. Graham-Thiers and a research team from Virginia Intermont College used 16 horses in a 14-week study to determine if horses kept in a stall and exercised or those that lived […]

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Causes Of Colic: More Than Just Feed Changes

Equine management changes can increase the risk of colic, and it’s not just the changing of feed horse owners and caretakers need to be concerned with: changes in exercise, pasture, water or housing can also up a horse’s risk of gastrointestinal distress. Also, a new study shows that the more caregivers a horse has, the […]

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Study: Time Off And Decreased Training May Reduce Microfractures In Racehorses

Microdamage to the bones in the joints of racehorses has been detected in multiple studies, but a cut-and-dry answer on how to prevent this damage is not clear. The accumulation of subchondral bone microdamage in the forelegs of racehorses is thought to lead to more significant bone damage, including fractures, which can be life-threatening. A […]

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Low-Intensity Exercise Reaps Additional Benefits Besides Weight Loss

While restricting caloric intake in horses that need to lose weight is important, new research shows that low-intensity exercise is also key to helping horses shed pounds and garner additional health benefits. A study done by the University of Melbourne used 24 horses and ponies with a body condition score of at least 7 (out […]

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Human Health Innovations Can Be Used To Keep Horses Sound

Tendon injuries in horses can be difficult to rehabilitate, and should include monitoring of pain, heavy and slow loading, and progressive resistance. Equine veterinarians are turning to human medicine to offer horses additional tendon-healing strategies, which Dr. Seth O’Neill, PhD, MSc, PGCE, HE, MCSP, MMACP, of the University of Leicester’s College of Life Sciences, discussed […]

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Researchers Say ‘Obesity Epidemic’ Now Being Seen In Horses Worldwide

An “obesity epidemic” threatens the world’s horse population, according to some researchers*. “Studies from all over the world indicate that far too many horses are overweight, putting them at risk for obesity-related health issues such as equine metabolic syndrome and laminitis,” noted Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research. One study found that 45 percent of 319 […]

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