Dr. Perse McCrae. Ph.D. of Myant, Inc. discusses equine exercise physiology.
She describes what makes horses uniquely capable of high-performance exercise.
This includes adaptations of their respiratory and cardiovascular systems to deliver enough oxygen to their muscles. The horse’s muscle physiology and how they use energy in their muscle is also critical for supporting performance.
Dr. McCrae describes how measuring the horse’s respiratory rate and heart rate can be used to assess their fitness level during a training program.
Monitoring an individual horse’s respiratory function and heart rate can also provide valuable information about their health. Dr. McCrae discusses the clinical relevance of these measurements in sport horses.