Journal article

A survey of trainers on the use of swimming and other water-based exercise for thoroughbred racehorses in Australia

C Steel, A Morrice-West

Comparative Exercise Physiology | Wageningen Academic Publishers | Published : 2019

Abstract

© 2019 Wageningen Academic Publishers. We aimed to determine the extent of use of water-based exercise and to describe swimming training practices in Thoroughbred racehorses in Victoria, Australia. A convenience sample of 118 trainers were interviewed, information relating to swimming protocols, perceived benefits and contra-indications, and use of other water-based exercise recorded and descriptive data analyses performed. Water-based exercise was used by 85.6% (n=101) trainers: 82.2% (n=97) swimming, 25.4% (n=30) using a water walker, 13.6% (n=16) incorporating ridden trotting ('surging') exercise in chest deep water, and 1.7% (n=2) using an underwater treadmill. Common reasons (and traine..

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