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Workload and stress in horses: comparison in horses ridden deep and round ('rollkur') with a draw rein and horses ridden in a natural frame with only light rein contact.
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PMID:  16532786     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
'Rollkur' or 'overbending' is the low and deep riding of a dressage horse during training or warming up. Lately, this technique has been criticized, and not necessarily objectively, on welfare grounds. To be able to evaluate these criticisms, more needs to be known about the workload and stress of horses being ridden 'rollkur'. The aim of the present study was to compare the workload of eight riding-school horses when being ridden deep and round with a draw rein ('rollkur') and when being ridden in a natural frame with only light rein contact ('free'). Workload (as measured by heart rate and blood lactate concentration) was slightly higher when horses were ridden 'rollkur' than when they were ridden 'free'. There were no differences in packed cell volume, or glucose and cortisol concentrations. No signs of uneasiness or stress could be determined when the horses were ridden 'rollkur'. Subjectively, all horses improved their way of moving during 'rollkur' and were more responsive to their rider.
M M Sloet van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan; M B Blok; L Begeman; M C D Kamphuis; M C Lameris; A J Spierenburg; M J J O Lashley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tijdschrift voor diergeneeskunde     Volume:  131     ISSN:  0040-7453     ISO Abbreviation:  Tijdschr Diergeneeskd     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-14     Completed Date:  2006-04-27     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0031550     Medline TA:  Tijdschr Diergeneeskd     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  152-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Equine Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Yalelaan 12, 3584 CM Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Husbandry / methods
Blood Glucose / analysis
Heart Rate / physiology
Hematocrit / veterinary
Horses / blood,  physiology*
Hydrocortisone / blood
Lactic Acid / blood
Physical Conditioning, Animal / adverse effects,  physiology*
Stress, Physiological / blood,  etiology,  veterinary
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Blood Glucose; 50-21-5/Lactic Acid; 50-23-7/Hydrocortisone

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