Nutritional Articles

Effects of initial handling and training on autonomic nervous function in young thoroughbreds

Published: 2002-12-31

Brief content of the article
The objective of the study was to determine the effect of initial handling and training on autonomic nervous functions in young thoroughbreds. Based on power spectrum analysis of heart rate variability the authors concluded that increases in low frequency and high frequency powers indicate that parasympathetic nervous activity increases in horses by seven months of training. The decrease in resting heartrate may be dependent on training induced increase of parasympathetic nervous activity in thoroughbreds.
Keywords: training; autonomic nervous system; heart rate; parasympathetic; sympathetic.

Reference
Ohmura, H., Hiraga, A., Aida, H., Kuwahara, M. and Tsubone, H. 2002. Effects of initial handling and training on autonomic nervous function in young thoroughbreds. Am J. Vet. Res 63: 1488-1491

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