Respiratory problems in horses: How to recognise, manage and avoid them

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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 to . . .

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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.