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Equine exercise physiology
Marlin, David.
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Oxford ; Malden, MA : Blackwell Science, 2002.
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296 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Equine exercise physiology is an area that has been subject to major scientific advances over the last 30 years, largely due to the increased availability of high-speed treadmills and techniques for recording physiological function during exercise. Despite the scientific advances, many riders and trainers are still using little more than experience and intuition to train their horses.

The aim of this book is to sort the fact from the fiction for the benefit of those involved in training, managing or working with horses, and to provide an up-to-date summary of the state of play in equine exercise physiology. Scientific theories are explained from first principles, with the assumption that the reader has no previous scientific background. The book is designed to save competitors and trainers a lot of time and effort trying to extract information in piecemeal fashion from a host of reference sources. For the first time, everything you need to know about exercising and training horses is here in one text.

Author Notes

David Marlin: Animal Health Trust
Kathryn Nankervis: Hartpury College

Table of Contents

Forewordp. iii
Acknowledgmentsp. v
Part I The Raw Materialsp. 1
1 Introductionp. 3
2 Energetics of exercisep. 7
3 Musclesp. 21
4 Connective tissuep. 35
5 The respiratory systemp. 42
6 The cardiovascular systemp. 55
Part II Exercise and Training Responsesp. 73
7 Muscular responsesp. 75
8 Skeletal responsesp. 86
9 Respiratory responsesp. 94
10 Cardiovascular responsesp. 113
11 Aspects of physiological stress and fatiguep. 127
12 Thermoregulationp. 133
13 Introduction to biomechanicsp. 151
Part III Applications of Exercise Physiologyp. 165
14 The demands of equestrian sportp. 167
15 Training principlesp. 180
16 Training facilitiesp. 189
17 Practical trainingp. 198
18 Exercise testingp. 211
19 Indicators of performancep. 245
20 Feeding performance horsesp. 261
21 Transportp. 276
Referencesp. 285
Further readingp. 290
Indexp. 291