Respiratory problems in horses: How to recognise, manage and avoid them
The respiratory system of the horse – the limiting factor in performance! In the unfit/untrained horse, it is the heart that is the main limitation to exercise performance, followed by the muscles. As a result of training both the heart (which is a muscle) and the locomotory (skeletal) muscles change and become more able to cope with exercise. However, the respiratory system cannot and does not change as the horse gets fitter with training and so in trained horses, the respiratory system is the main limitation . . .
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