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Good Question: What kind of exercises do competition horses need?

We all need a certain amount of exercise each day and as you might imagine competition horses for the World Equestrian Games are in great shape and need quite a bit to stay that way.

Good Question: What kind of exercises do competition horses need?

Being in great shape is one way to be the best in the world and for horses and their riders at WEG that's just the case.

"Most of the horses at WEG would have done exercise mostly in the field or for their specific discipline," said Dr. Joe Pagan an equine nutritionist.

At Kentucky Equine Research in Versailles, a fitness regiment for horses includes this, a treadmill.

It can help measure speed, agility and heart rate.

For some disciplines the treadmill is key.

"For instance endurance horses, in fact Australian endurance horses competing at WEG use the treadmill at KER research as part of their fitness regime," said Pagan.

While getting in a few miles on the treadmill builds strength, horses also need to stretch their muscles just like humans.

In fact horses need quite a bit of warm up before exercising, experts say horses should stretch three to five times a day.

Stretching can help prevent injury.

And some trainers even work on core strength for horses, helping build muscles that support the neck, ribcage and sternum.

It's a fitness regiment that many of these riders hopes put their horse in the winner's circle.

The Kentucky Equine Research center is the sponsor for the US Para Dressage team competing at WEG.


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