Speed Treadmill Exercise Protocol
familiarize a horse to the high-speed treadmill, horses are first
acclimated (schooled) to the high-speed treadmill (HSTM) during a training
are outfitted with the same equipment used during a race. Thoroughbreds are exercised without tack.
schooling, horses are muzzled, placed in a stall and rested 1-2 hours
prior to the high-speed examination.
I: warm-up; the horse exercises at 7 M/S for 1600 meters.
II: placement of the twitch, fixation of the videoendoscope in correct
position, removal of the twitch and gradual increase in speed.
III: increase in speed and/or incline to increase maximum heart rate
to 200 BPM or more
for 1600 meters and slow down from exercise.
The horse is removed from the treadmill and immediate post-exercise
echocardiography performed. Each test is individualized to the level of fitness for each
stress test is slightly different for standardbreds
& sport horses.
the menu above to view the videoendoscopic exam at speed.