Proactive Management of the Equine Athlete
AbstractAcross many equestrian disciplines the median competition career of a horse is relatively short. One of the major reasons for short career length is musculoskeletal injury and a consistent variable is the trainer effect. There are significant opportunities within equestrian sport for a holistic approach to horse health to attenuate musculoskeletal injury. Proactive integration of care by health professionals could provide a mechanism to attenuate injury risk and the trainer effect. However, the limited data available on current exercise regimens for sport horses restricts interpretation of how management and exercise volume could be modified to reduce injury risk. Early exercise in the juvenile horse (i.e., pre weaning) has a positive effect on stimulating the musculoskeletal system and primes the horse for an athletic career. The early introduction to sport competition has also been identified to have a positive effect on career length. These data indicate that management systems reflecting the cursorial evolution of the horse may aid in attenuating loss from sport due to musculoskeletal injury.
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Rogers, C.W.; Bolwell, C.F.; Gee, E.K. Proactive Management of the Equine Athlete. Animals 2012, 2, 640-655.
Rogers CW, Bolwell CF, Gee EK. Proactive Management of the Equine Athlete. Animals. 2012; 2(4):640-655.Chicago/Turabian Style
Rogers, Chris W.; Bolwell, Charlotte F.; Gee, Erica K. 2012. "Proactive Management of the Equine Athlete." Animals 2, no. 4: 640-655.