Blood-gas, acid-base and haematological values in horses during an endurance ride.

R. J. Rose, Jan Ilkiw, I. C. Martin

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The effects of prolonged strenuous exercise on arterial and venous oxygen tension, carbon dioxide tension, pH, bicarbonate, standard bicarbonate, base excess, haemoglobin, packed cell volume and total plasma protein were studied in 36 horses during a 100 km endurance ride. There were significant changes in many parameters when pre-ride values were compared with both mid-ride and end of ride values. The prominent changes were the development of dehydration and a metabolic alkalosis. At the mid-ride sampling time those horses with higher heart rates had a greater degree of metabolic alkalosis than those with lower heart rates. The first 4 horses in the race completed the ride with speeds between 322-330 m/min and demonstrated a metabolic acidosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-59
Number of pages4
JournalEquine Veterinary Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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