Exercise and Rehabilitation of Older Horses

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An increasing percentage of the equine population is more than 15 years old, many performing various athletic activities into their 20s. Studies of aged humans have led to a fine tuning of exercise prescription to promote fitness while preventing adverse and potentially dangerous effects of excessive exercise. However, limited data exist regarding the exercise capacity of aged horses. This article presents an overview of published studies on aging-induced decreases in physiologic function and exercise capacity in the horse. The information presented can be used as a guide for exercise prescription for the growing population of active older equine athletes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-332
Number of pages16
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Equine Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Equine


  • Aging
  • Exercise capacity
  • Horse
  • Physiologic function


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