Does it make sense to have a 75kg minimum weight in endurance at FEI 3* and 4* Level? Dr David Marlin Minimum weight carriage was an important feature of both show-jumping and the speed & endurance phase of eventing competition in the early days of the sports. For a long time both disciplines used a weight of 165lbs (75kg), which seems to have its origins in the average weight of a Cavalry soldier with kit. The m
WHY DOES EVERYONE WHO HAS HORSES NOW HATE STARCH? OK, I apologise! This was aimed to get your attention smile emoticon But, it is true that there has been a big campaign by lots of feed companies and people against starch in the past decade and I’m not convinced the rationale is correct, let alone the science. I’ve recently seen some very misleading statements about starch and energy from feed and supplem
I recently saw a post on Facebook from an owner asking for alternative treats to POLO mints for her horse which had suffered from tying-up. She had been advised by her vet not to feed POLO mints because they are “loaded with carbohydrate”. This advice intrigued me. So I looked up the nutritional breakdown of POLO mints courtesy of TESCO. And yes, its true that POLO mints are loaded with carbohydrates. In
Dr David Marlin is a scientist with more than 20 years experience in physiology and biochemistry. His specialist areas include exercise physiology, respiratory and cardiovascular physiology and disease, thermoregulation, physiological measurement, imaging and diagnostic devices. He has worked with a variety of species including horses, dogs, cats and human subjects. One of David's highest profile projects was the research into the effects of heat and humidity in the lead up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.