Published On: Wed, Apr 15th, 2015

Sport Horses: Valuation of the Physical Fitness Level

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valuation-of-the-physical-fitness-level-in-sport-horses-1This research, written by Muñoz Juzado et al., describes an objective scoring system for classifying Purebread Spanish horses according to their state of fitness, from the analysis of cardiovascular and muscular functionality rates.

This research, conducted by Muñoz Juzado et al., was published in Spanish by Revista Científica under the title “Estimation of Physical Fitness in Sport Horses by a Scoring System with Functional Indexes”.

The authors studied a total of 45 Purebred Spanish male horses, aged between 4 and 10 years. All of them were in active training for rides and dressage.

Before performing exercise tests,  a clinical examination was carried out, focusing primarily on the respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.

This research describes a scoring method for classifying Spanish Purebred horses according to their level of fitness.

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