Breathing, Stride, and Jumping Performance


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When a horse exercises, it involves an “integrated” response of many different body systems. This is exemplified by the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, which must get up to “speed,” often from a standing start, to ensure that sufficient oxygen is delivered to the working muscles to allow them to continue to function optimally.

For each stride the horse takes, it takes one breath. If a horse is having trouble moving air in and out, it will impact his stride when a horse is at a canter or gallop. Anything that interferes with breathing could affect how the horse performs.

This free report provides the horse owner and caretaker with an overview of the breathing process while a horse is exercising and the important link between breathing and stride.

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David Marlin, BSc, PhD, is an equine respiratory and exercise specialist and holds positions at universities both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and book chapters. David’s other affiliations and positions include member of the editorial consultants’ board of the Equine Veterinary Journal, Chairman of the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) and editor of Comparative Exercise Physiology. David Marlin also works in a professional capacity with riders, owners, and trainers in all equestrian sports, including racing, and he was involved in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics. His recent projects have included a review of the effects of temperature on horses during transport for DEFRA, investigation of welfare in Endurance racing for the FEI, development of testing methods for equine boots and a study of the health and welfare impact of long distance transport to slaughter in Europe for World Horse Welfare.

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