Lameness accounts for up to 70oh of the downtime, or lost training days in both gallopers and harness horses.
Respiratory problems lag behind at2lohrbut63oh of loss of performance is caused by underlying airway conditions in an otherwise sound and fit horse.
In this issue – we introduce you to new findings on sacro-iliac lameness – the most common cause of “back” problems in horses. llANDy’ffNT Failing to finish when backed up in a race within 10-14 days? Check for soreness or respiratory signs.
If clear, a poor “run to the line” could be due to inadequate energy intake to provide optimum energy “top up to the tanks” with muscle glycogen between short spaced races.
Add an extra lkg cracked com for the last 3 days prior to racing if you are feeding less than 5kg of a pre-mixed feed or grain mix.
This will help ‘top-up the tanks’ with energy prior to racing, but ensure that the horse is yorked daily prior to racing to avoid the risk of ‘tying up’ in susceptible horses. Simple massage and exercises can help resolve the problem that chiropractic manipulation is unable to help.
One of the major causes of changes in gait and stride length are due to incorrect hoof balance and angles.
We review hoof balance and its underlying effect on speed and soundness.
Another commonly asked question relates to lay up, or duration of rest time, from training and its effect on loss of fitness.
Reuben Rose and colleagues at Sydney University in the mid 1990’s provided some of the answers – fitness is lost more quickly during lay ups in early training – read on.
Over the past 3 issues, we have included discussions on air quality and its influence on airway disease – a major factor that saps performance.
We provide research findings on the lung damage caused by early morning training.
By the way – we discuss shin soreness in the next issue.
Look out for itl lrANDyfffNT Studies indicate that a girth pressure ofabove 3kg can restrict chest expansion to reduce breathing efficiency when racing, with subsequent loss of speed and performance.
Observations reveal that male riders are likely to tighten the girth above 13kg when saddling up, whereas the average female rider secures the girth with less than 13kg tension.
Girths with tension metres are now available to avoid excess eirth tension. Good Racing /ohn Kohnhe FREECALL 18OO TL2227 FREE FA,\ 18001t2228 Contact Details: Website: www.kohn kesown.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org PostalAddress: P0 80×3234, Rouse Hill, NSW, 2155 O CopyrighI2005
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