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Heart rate and blood lactate responses during exercise in preparation for eventing competition.
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PMID:  12405674     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to investigate the heart rate and blood lactate responses to exercise in event horses in normal training, and to compare them to those encountered in eventing competition. It was hypothesised that the responses during exercise in the course of training for CCI*** events would be significantly different from those of the Cross-Country day. Heart rates and blood lactate concentrations were measured in 13 elite event horses after intense exercise sessions conducted during the late stages of preparation for CCI*** or CCI**** 3-day-event competition. Mean +/- s.d. heart rate during exercise was 138 +/- 17 beats/min and mean blood lactate concentration after exercise was 1.0 +/- 0.6 mmol/l. These values were compared to heart rates and blood lactate concentrations recorded during and after a CCI*** Cross Country course using unpaired t tests (unequal variances) and 99.9% confidence interval analysis. Mean heart rates during and blood lactate concentrations after the competition were 195 +/- 8 beats/min and 10.2 +/- 4.2 mmol/l. The 99.9% confidence intervals were 183-207 beats/min and 7.7-12.6 mmol/l. Heart rates and blood lactate concentrations recorded during exercise sessions were significantly lower than competition values (P<0.001) and lay outside 99.9% confidence intervals for most horses. Only one horse achieved heart rates and blood lactate concentrations during exercise sessions that were similar to those occurring in competition. The intensity of exercise during normal training sessions was much lower than during competition, suggesting that many event horses are not appropriately trained.
M G Serrano; D L Evans; J L Hodgson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Equine veterinary journal. Supplement     Volume:  -     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  Equine Vet J Suppl     Publication Date:  2002 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-30     Completed Date:  2003-02-26     Revised Date:  2007-05-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9614088     Medline TA:  Equine Vet J Suppl     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  135-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Heart Rate*
Horses / blood,  physiology*
Lactates / blood*
Physical Conditioning, Animal / physiology*
Physical Endurance / physiology*
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