Equine Exercise Physiology
October 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
The aim of this book is to sort the fact from the fiction for the benefit of those involved in training, managing or working with horses, and to provide an up-to-date summary of the state of play in equine exercise physiology. Scientific theories are explained from first principles, with the assumption that the reader has no previous scientific background. The book is designed to save competitors and trainers a lot of time and effort trying to extract information in piecemeal fashion from a host of reference sources. For the first time, everything you need to know about exercising and training horses is here in one text.
Part I The Raw Materials.
2 Energetics of exercise.
4 Connective tissue.
5 The respiratory system.
6 The cardiovascular system.
Part II Exercise and Training Responses.
7 Muscular responses.
8 Skeletal responses.
9 Respiratory responses.
10 Cardiovascular responses.
11 Aspects of physiological stress and fatigue.
13 Introduction to biomechanics.
Part III Applications of Exercise Physiology.
14 The demands of equestrian sport.
15 Training principles.
16 Training facilities.
17 Practical training.
18 Exercise testing.
19 Indicators of performance.
20 Feeding performance horses.
Kathryn Nankervis has taught equine exercise physiology on a range of programmes from National Diploma to MSc level. Her current job is Equine Science Centre Manager at Hartpury College. This unique centre is one of the best in Europe and combines an Equine Veterinary and Therapy Centre. Kathryn designs individually tailored exercise programmes using a wide range of techniques in order to rehabilitate competition horses with musculoskeletal dysfunction.
* will also be useful to veterinary students
* a manual-type approach makes this book portable and easy to use
—From the Foreword, by Peter Scudamore