Part 2 – How and Why You Should Care for the Respiratory Health of Your Horse


Part 2: How and why you should care for the respiratory health of your horse

To summarise Part 1, I covered the fact the horse's respiratory system does not change with training and that in trained/fit horses it is the respiratory system that limits performance as opposed to the heart or muscles which adapt with training. In addition, because breathing and stride are linked one to one at canter and gallop, any respiratory illness can have an effect on stride, which can be crucial in high intensity disciplines such as racing or precision disciplines such as dressage, show . . .

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Dr David Marlin is a physiologist and biochemist who has worked in academia, research and professional sport. He has worked in the equestrian and veterinary world and in human sport, healthcare, medicine and exercise science. In 1989 David obtained his PhD from the UK’s leading sports university, Loughborough University following a four-year study on the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training, undertaken at the renowned Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. You can read David's full biography in the Our Website section.