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Re: [RC] Does feeding cause HR to hang? - Maggie Mieske

I have seen Malik's HR hang a little bit only to drop immediately when allowed to grab a few mouthfuls of grass.  I think anxiety over wanting to eat or being hungry was the cause (vet agreed).  After that, we made sure to allow him an apple or some handfuls of hay or grass while waiting and have had no problems. 
Maggie Mieske
English Department/Foundation Program
Qatar University
P.O. Box 2713
Doha, Qatar
GMT +3
Office: 974-493-5983
NB Room 234

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From: Lucy Chaplin Trumbull <elsietee@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, July 6, 2009 9:08:04 PM
Subject: [RC] Does feeding cause HR to hang?

A friend from England recently expressed surprise that I let
Roo munch through a sloppy pan of BP + LMF at the end
of a ride before vetting through. She asked me didn't it cause
his heart rate to stay up?

I shrugged and said he was hungry and I'd rather he settled a
little and got good gut sounds than rush to vet through immediately
upon finishing.

But my question is - is she correct? I have heard that eating will
keep the HR up - but always thought that meant eating *while*
doing PnRs.

Does letting them munch a pan of slurry keep the HR up?
Roo's pulse wasn't great at the end of the ride when we finally
did get down to the vet, but it was a tough ride. Now I'm wondering
if his eating habits had anything to do with it?

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Lucy Chaplin Trumbull
elsietee AT foothill DOT net
Repotted english person in the Sierra foothills, CA
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[RC] Does feeding cause HR to hang?, Lucy Chaplin Trumbull