Excerpt from the February issue of Heels Down Magazine:
By Justine Griffin
How decades of scientific research is transforming the performance horse
Training for the Olympic Games requires a strict fitness and diet regime for an athlete competing in any sport. But for equestrians, it’s doubled.
As the Olympic horse sport disciplines have evolved over the years, so have its athletes. Decades of breeding and gene selection have fine-tuned horses’ jumping abilities and stamina. Selective breeding practices have improved the animals’ facilities to gallop and the natural impulsion of their gaits.
But identifying proper genes in breeding is just one aspect of many that goes into designing and maintaining the ultimate equine athlete, experts say.
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