Proactive Management of the Equine Athlete
Massey Equine, IVABS, Massey University, Private Bag 11222, Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Received: 31 October 2012 / Revised: 17 December 2012 / Accepted: 18 December 2012 / Published: 19 December 2012
The athletic career of a horse is relatively short. Career length can be positively influenced by the trainer and the age at which the horse starts competition. There are opportunities for a team approach of health professionals and changes in management to improve functional/competition life. The ability to improve the tolerance of the tissue to exercise load via the introduction of early exercise, which reflects the horse’s evolutionary cursorial lifestyle, could provide a proactive mechanism to attenuate injury risk.