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Title: 
Standardized exercise tests in horses: current situation and future perspectives
Author(s): 
L. DE MARE, B. BOSHUIZEN, L. PLANCKE, C. DE MEEUS, M. DE BRUIJN, C. DELESALLE
Abstract: 

The purpose of this literature review is to clarify how exercise capacity can be measured inhorses and which standardized exercise tests (SETs) exist. In this review, the measurement of theexercise capacity of horses is discussed and the standardized exercise tests (SET) are described.Two main types of SETs are used. Laboratory or treadmill tests are easy to standardize andprovide more options to use all kinds of measuring devices, since the horse stays on the treadmill.On the other hand, field tests are conducted under the natural conditions associated with thespecific sports discipline, and are easier to implement in the training schedule. However, field testsencompass interfering variables, such as weather conditions, ground surface conditions and therider or jockey. Several variables are measured in order to calculate the fitness level which may beexpressed by different parameters, such as V200 (speed at a heart rate of 200 beats per minute),Vla4 (speed at a blood lactic acid level of 4 mmol/L) and VO2max (maximum oxygen uptake).

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