Journal article

Glucose infusion increases maximal duration of prolonged treadmill exercise in Standardbred horses

JW FARRIS, KW HINCHCLIFF, KH McKEEVER, DR LAMB

Equine Veterinary Journal | Published : 1995

Abstract

The main purpose of this study was to describe the effect of glucose infusion on selected physiological variables and on the duration of treadmill exercise to fatigue. Six, 3–4 year old, clinically normal, Standardbred fillies were used in a randomised and balanced crossover design. The treatments were either an infusion of glucose (an initial bolus followed by an infusion rate adjusted during exercise to maintain glucose at approximately 9.0 mmol/l) or an infusion of a similar volume of normal saline. Saline was also infused during the first 30 min of recovery in both treatments. Treadmill speed and grade were 6.0 m/s and 2°. All horses underwent an exercise and dietary control period for 3..

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