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Training horses in the spring and summer can present some challenges. Learn how your horse’s body adapts to exercise training, how he acclimates to spring and summer weather conditions, and what you can do to help him perform at his best.
As much credit as we give horses for their metaphorical hearts, the actual blood-pumping organs generally get far less attention than other bodily systems. Take an in-depth look at the cardiovascular exam, common cardiac abnormalities, and treatment options.
Researchers know that feeding horses ground endophyte-infected tall fescue results in palmar artery vasoconstriction, so scientists tested whether broodmares could experience decreased blood flow to the uterus, which could negatively impact their foals.
Belgian veterinarians have successfully completed the first cardiac ablation—a procedure used to correct irregular heartbeats—performed in a horse. Diamant, a 5-year-old Norwegian show jumper, came through the four-hour operation with no difficulties.
Acclaimed equine cardiologist and ultrasonography pioneer Dr. Virginia B. Reef will help practitioners determine the significance of murmurs and arrhythmias and the resulting ramifications for their treatment and management.
Researchers tested a technique to log heart rate and speed data from each horse in an attempt to monitor, step-by-step, the horse’s physical response to jumping during training, competition, and recovery.
There’s been very little scientific study into sudden death in sport horses, but researchers recently reviewed a number of incidents with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of fatalities that occur.