Check it Out!
I too am uncomfortable with the fact that only a few horses were studied and
in conditions that used a treadmill to simulate a 3 phase event. Since it
was an abstract certain conditions of the test were not described. My
questions are as follows. Can you answer?
1. How long were the horses on the treadmill. What speed did they travel.
2. Were they conditioned horses that might be expected to perform at
3. The length of an endurance competition and the length of the 3-day are
significantly different. Much greater variation in terrain. Can
obtained from short distances be applied to much longer ones.
The authors suggest that the CRI should be used in conjunction with a
treadmill to evaluate performance. That is not practical for use at any ride
that comes to mind. Time is a limiting factor. Judgments must be made
quickly and hopefully without error. An error can kill a horse.
Tom, if the CRI is not what we need to use to evaluate horses, then what do
you propose for vets to use instead to decide who can continue? We have to
use something and the CRI seems to work in the field.
I add an invitation for you to visit some rides. Big ones and small ones.
It will be Bush League compared to Dubai but it is the real world.
Southern Illinois fits the H/H parameters in the study. Come on down!
Check it Out!
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