Friesian Advocate

91. Myth or Real? Friesian horses may reach their anaerobic threshold (moment during intense exercise where lactic acid starts to accumulate in the muscles) sooner than other breeds of horse and this plays into how to best train them.

Answer: Real In a follow up to an earlier research project, a research team in the Netherlands set out to “study strengths and weaknesses of an alternative SET (standardized exercise tests)- protocol” in young Friesian dressage horses. Two different SETs (SET A and SET B) were used during a 2-month training period with 9 young…
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90. Myth or Real? The seroprevalence (the level of a pathogen in a population determined by using blood serum) for the causative agents of Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) in horses is the same regardless of region of the country or breed of horse.

Answer: Myth EPM is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting horses in North America. A recently published article looked at the seroprevalence of both Sarcocystis neurona and Neospora hughesi (protozoan agents responsible for EPM in horses) utilizing the blood samples drawn from 5,250 horses in 18 states across the US. Information was also…
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