Original Scientific Article
Variability of stress indicators in jumping horses in parkour due to horse age and competitive season
Maja Gregić*,
Tina Bobić,
Mirjana Baban,
Gjoko Bunevski,
Vesna Gantner

Mac Vet Rev 2020; 43 (2): 169 - 173

10.2478/macvetrev-2020-0029

Received: 15 June 2019

Received in revised form: 20 July 2020

Accepted: 31 July 2020

Available Online First: 16 September 2020

Published on: 15 October 2020

Correspondence: Maja Gregić, msakac@fazos.hr

Abstract

Aiming to determine the variability in stress indicators due to horse age and competitive season (May, July, September) in jumping horses in parkour, research was performed on 14 studs (7 younger, and 7 older) trained and bred in the same conditions. The stress indicators (heartbeats, cortisol, glucose, and lactate concentrations in saliva) were measured or sampled before, during and at the end of the training - parkour jumping. The significance of the differences in stress indicators between the horse age classes regarding the competitive season was tested by Tukey’s test. Based on determined results it could be concluded that all stress indicators, during the entire competitive season, were higher in younger (less experienced) than in older (more experienced) horses. Furthermore, all stress indicators, with the exception of heartbeats, were highest in the peak of competitive season (July), while the lowest values of all stress indicators were determined at the end of competitive season (September). Monitoring of stress indicators, especially heartbeats, could be used for routine evaluation of horse preparedness for a particular activity.

Keywords: jumping horses, parkour, stress indicators


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Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Citation Information

Macedonian Veterinary Review. Volume 43, Issue 2, Pages 169-173, e-ISSN 1857-7415, p-ISSN 1409-7621, DOI: 10.2478/macvetrev-2020-0029, 2020