The Heart of the Matter: Cardiovascular Fitness in Horses

Hylofit is a proud supporter of the United States Eventing Association (USEA) and the USEA Classic Series of long-format three-day events. The latest article on useventing.com deals with the topic of cardiovascular fitness as it pertains to horses:

Dr. Krista Estell, Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Medicine at Virginia Tech's Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, explained the importance of a horse’s cardiovascular fitness. “Horses are athletes, and they are athletes that not only have to pump blood to be able to exercise efficiently but they’re also carrying a person on their back so it’s doubly important that their cardiovascular system is working correctly.”

For riders that are looking to monitor their horse’s cardiovascular fitness, an equine heart rate monitor can be a great tool. “Equine heart rate monitors can be really useful to see how good your conditioning is, especially if you’re looking to up your horse’s performance level,” said Estell.

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