Evaluation of a training program for eventing horses: effects on heart rate and lactate threshold
ABSTRACT. de Souza B.G., da Veiga C.C.P., de Oliveira G.F., Ferreira A.M.R. & de Almeida F.Q. [Evaluation of a training program for eventing horses: effects on heart rate and lactate threshold]. Avaliação de um programa de treinamento para cavalos de Concurso Completo de Equitação: Efeitos sobre a frequência cardíaca e a curva de lactato. Revista Brasileira de Medicina Veterinária, 35(4):385-391, 2013. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Medicina Veterinária, Clínica e Reprodução Animal, Faculdade Veterinária, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rua Vital Brasil, 64, Santa Rosa, Niterói, RJ 24320-340, Brasil. Email: email@example.com This study aimed to evaluate the effects of training program for eventing horses with six sessions weekly, during five months. The horses were submitted to two treadmill incremental tests, one before and other after the training period. Was evaluated the heart rate and plasma lactate concentration during the exercise. Athletic scores were estimated to evaluate the efficiency of training program. The adopted protocol was unable to induce adaptive physiological responses on cardiovascular and muscle metabolism, demonstrated by the maintenance of similar values of heart rate and plasma lactate concentrations during the tests, performed before and after the physical preparation period.