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Table 6 Condition training of event horses from the national selection in preparation for the European Championship

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

Condition training sessions in event horses (n = 10) Mean ± sd
   Number of training weeks 9.3 ± 3.9
   Training frequency (every …. days) 6.2 ± 2.0
   Training/competition ratio 2.7 ± 2.2
Condition training sessions  
   Number of training bouts 2.5 ± 1.3
   Duration training bout (min) 5.9 ± 1.5
   Mean heart rate training bout (beats/min) 165 ± 7
   Mean speed training bout (m/s) 7.1 ± 2.6
   Maximum heart rate training bout (beats/min) 193 ± 11
   Maximum speed training bout (m/s) 10.3 ± 3.8
  1. In total, 62 condition training sessions registered (ranging from 3 to 14 per horse) and number of training bouts defined as ‘separate galloping sets within one training session, alternated with resting periods in between each training bout’.