Understanding and Recognising Fatigue in Horses
What is fatigue?
In the context of horse sport, we use fatigue to describe the inability of a horse to continue to perform at the desired level. This may be manifested as slowing down or not being able to jump as high or performing poorer movements as a test, course or race progresses. Fatigue in this context is different from exhaustion, which can result in inability of a horse to even take another step or remain standing upright. Fatigue is a protective mechanism that is there to try and prevent . . .
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