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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2014

A survey of training regimes used by top trainers of the Icelandic pace racing horse

Jansson, Anna; Hedenström, Ulf; Ragnarsson, Sveinn


The aim of this study was to document training strategies used by experienced trainers of the Icelandic pace racing horse. Data were obtained using a questionnaire, to which responses were received from nine trainers on the world ranking list in 250 m pace races and with a minimum of 12 years of experience of pace training. Training was commenced at an age of 5.4±1.0 years and the average time to achieve competitive condition was estimated to be 1.9±0.8 years. Horses were trained almost every day and the trainers described a variety of training methods. Interval training appeared to be common, while training at pace was performed less than twice per week. Mental aspects seemed to be a challenge for performance.

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Comparative Exercise Physiology
2014, Volume: 10, number: 4, pages: 253-257

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        Animal and Dairy Science

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