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Standardized exercise tests in horses : current situation and future perspectives

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The purpose of this literature review is to clarify how exercise capacity can be measured in horses and which standardized exercise tests (SETs) exist. In this review, the measurement of the exercise capacity of horses is discussed and the standardized exercise tests (SET) are described. Two main types of SETs are used. Laboratory or treadmill tests are easy to standardize and provide more options to use all kinds of measuring devices, since the horse stays on the treadmill. On the other hand, field tests are conducted under the natural conditions associated with the specific sports discipline, and are easier to implement in the training schedule. However, field tests encompass interfering variables, such as weather conditions, ground surface conditions and the rider or jockey. Several variables are measured in order to calculate the fitness level which may be expressed by different parameters, such as V200 (speed at a heart rate of 200 beats per minute), V1a4 (speed at a blood lactic acid level of 4 mmol/L) and VO2max (maximum oxygen uptake).
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BRED TROTTERS, PHYSIOLOGICAL VARIABLES, BLOOD LACTATE, HEART-RATE, THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSES, ASSESSING FITNESS, POOR PERFORMANCE, ENDURANCE HORSES, FIELD CONDITIONS, FRENCH TROTTERS

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De Maré, Lorie et al. “Standardized Exercise Tests in Horses : Current Situation and Future Perspectives.” VLAAMS DIERGENEESKUNDIG TIJDSCHRIFT 86.2 (2017): 63–72. Print.
APA
De Maré, L., Boshuizen, B., Plancke, L., de Bruijn, M., & Delesalle, C. (2017). Standardized exercise tests in horses : current situation and future perspectives. VLAAMS DIERGENEESKUNDIG TIJDSCHRIFT, 86(2), 63–72.
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De Maré, Lorie, Berit Boshuizen, Lukas Plancke, Marco de Bruijn, and Catherine Delesalle. 2017. “Standardized Exercise Tests in Horses : Current Situation and Future Perspectives.” Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 86 (2): 63–72.
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De Maré, Lorie, Berit Boshuizen, Lukas Plancke, Marco de Bruijn, and Catherine Delesalle. 2017. “Standardized Exercise Tests in Horses : Current Situation and Future Perspectives.” Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 86 (2): 63–72.
Vancouver
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De Maré L, Boshuizen B, Plancke L, de Bruijn M, Delesalle C. Standardized exercise tests in horses : current situation and future perspectives. VLAAMS DIERGENEESKUNDIG TIJDSCHRIFT. 2017;86(2):63–72.
IEEE
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L. De Maré, B. Boshuizen, L. Plancke, M. de Bruijn, and C. Delesalle, “Standardized exercise tests in horses : current situation and future perspectives,” VLAAMS DIERGENEESKUNDIG TIJDSCHRIFT, vol. 86, no. 2, pp. 63–72, 2017.
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  author       = {{De Maré, Lorie and Boshuizen, Berit and Plancke, Lukas and de Bruijn, Marco and Delesalle, Catherine}},
  issn         = {{0303-9021}},
  journal      = {{VLAAMS DIERGENEESKUNDIG TIJDSCHRIFT}},
  keywords     = {{BRED TROTTERS,PHYSIOLOGICAL VARIABLES,BLOOD LACTATE,HEART-RATE,THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSES,ASSESSING FITNESS,POOR PERFORMANCE,ENDURANCE HORSES,FIELD CONDITIONS,FRENCH TROTTERS}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{2}},
  pages        = {{63--72}},
  title        = {{Standardized exercise tests in horses : current situation and future perspectives}},
  volume       = {{86}},
  year         = {{2017}},
}

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