3 Indicators of an Upper-Level Event Horse’s Potential for Success

Discover useful information about an eventing horse’s fitness and ability by looking at these three measurements.
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3 Indicators of an Upper-Level Event Horse’s Potential for Success
The study suggests that the same qualities that allow horses to run around cross-country at near optimal speeds with low heart rates and lactates contribute to better dressage performances. | Photo: Erica Larson/The Horse

A three-day event horse’s performance depends on his athletic ability and his fitness level. How do you predict, however, whether a horse has what it takes to be successful?

Joe Pagan, PhD, founder of Kentucky Equine Research (KER), in Versailles, conducted a study recently to find out. He presented his results at the 2019 Equine Science Society Symposium, held June 3-6 in Asheville, North Carolina.

“We’re trying to get clues as to how good a horse is and how successful he’ll be,” Pagan said

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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