The Athletic Horse

2nd Edition

Principles and Practice of Equine Sports Medicine


  • David Hodgson
  • Catherine McGowan
  • Kenneth McKeever
  • Key Features

    • Expert international contributors provide cutting-edge equine information from the top countries in performance-horse research: the U.S., Australia, U.K., South Africa, and Canada.
    • The latest nutritional guidelines maximize the performance of the equine athlete.
    • Extensive reference lists at the end of each chapter provide up-to-date resources for further research and study.

    Table of Contents

    Section I: Structure Considerations in Equine Sports Medicine
    1. An Overview of Performance and Sports Medicine
    2. Comparative Aspects of Exercise Physiology
    Section II: Physiology of Exercise and Performance
    3. Energetic Considerations of Exercise 
    4. Nutrition of the Performance Horse
    5. Hematology and Biochemistry
    6. Physiology of Acid-Base Balance and Fluid Shifts with Exercise
    7. Endocrine and Immune Responses to Exercise and Training
    8. Thermoregulation
    9. The Respiratory System: Anatomy, Physiology, and Adaptations to Exercise and Training
    10. Transport of Horses
    11. The Cardiovascular System: Anatomy, Physiology, and Adaptations to Exercise and Training
    12. Muscle: Anatomy, Physiology, and Adaptations to Exercise and Training
    13. Tendon, Ligament, Bone, and Cartilage: Anatomy, Physiology, and Adaptations to Exercise and Training
    14. Age and Disuse in Athletes: Effects of Detraining, Spelling, Injury, and Age
    Section III: Biomechanics/Kinematics and Performance
    15. Conformation
    16. The Biomechanics of Equine Locomotion
    17. Kinematics of the Equine Back and Pelvis
    18. Functional Biomechanics: The Effect of the Rider and Track
    Section IV: Practical Exercise Physiology
    19. Training Regimens: Physiologic Adaptations to Training
    20. Training Tthe Thoroughbred Racehorse
    21. Training Standardbred Trotters and Pacers
    22. Training Endurance Horses
    23. Training the Event Horse
    24. Dressage Tests, Movements, and Training: A Primer 
    25. Training Show Jumpers
    26. Training the Working Horse
    27. Training the Racing Quarterhorse
    28. Evaluation of Performance Potential
    29. Clinical Exercise Testing and Investigation of Poor Performance


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