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Table 3 Fitness indices of event horses and ponies at SET-I at season beginning

From: A prospective study on a cohort of horses and ponies selected for participation in the European Eventing Championship: reasons for withdrawal and predictive value of fitness tests

  Horses (n = 17) Ponies (n = 9)
  Mean ± sd Mean ± sd
VLA2 (m/s) 9.0 ± 0.7 6.3 ± 0.9
VLA4 (m/s) 10.3 ± 0.4 7.8 ± 0.9
HRLA2 (beats/min) 175 ± 10 170 ± 17
HRLA4 (beats/min) 189 ± 10 180 ± 15
V200 (m/s) 11.4 ± 0.8 9.6 ± 0.7
V170 (m/s) 8.6 ± 0.8 6.6 ± 0.8
V140 (m/s) 5.7 ± 1.2 3.7 ± 1.5
LApeak (mmol/L) 7.6 ± 2.3 13.2 ± 3.1
HRpeak (beats/min) 201 ± 7 206 ± 8
Vpeak (m/s) 10.8 ± 0.7 10.0 ± 0.4
HRrec5 (beats/min) 107 ± 19 114 ± 10
HR rec10 (beats/min) 88 ± 11 104 ± 10
  1. Seventeen event horses and 9 event ponies of national selection participated in SET-I in preparation for European Championships in 2010 (ponies) and 2011 (horses).
  2. Abbreviations: VLA2 and VLA4, speed at plasma lactate concentration of 2 and 4 mmol/L, respectively; HRLA2 and HRLA4, heart rate at plasma lactate concentration of 2 and mmol/L, respectively; LApeak, peak plasma lactate concentration; HRpeak, peak heart rate; Vpeak, peak speed; V200, V170, and V140, heart rate of 200, 170, and 140 beats/min, respectively; HRrEc5 and HRrEc10, recovery heart rate after 5 and 10 min, respectively; and 3 horses did not participate at SET-I because of injury.