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Physical, acid-base and electrolyte changes in horses competing in Training, Preliminary and Intermediate horse trials.
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The objective of this experiment was to compare the physiological changes that occurred in horses competing in the cross-country portion of Training, Preliminary and Intermediate horse trials. The hypothesis was that temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and on-site acid-base and electrolyte monitoring would allow differentiation between difficulty levels in horse trials. The overall conclusion of the authors was that horse trials caused milder, but otherwise similar, physical, blood gas and electrolyte changes to those observed in complete three-day events. The authors further observed that physical and point-of-care plasma acid-base and electrolyte monitoring allowed differentiation between horses competing at various levels of difficulty in a horse trial.
Keywords: electrolytes; training; acid-base.
Foreman, J.H., Waldsmith, J.K. and Lalum, R.B. 2004. Physical, acid-base and electrolyte changes in horses competing in Training, Preliminary and Intermediate horse trials. Equine and Comparative Exercise Physiology 1: 99-105.
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