Relationships between electrocardiographic findings, racing performance and training in standardbred horses.

Abstract

The presence of abnormal T waves in three or more electrocardiographic leads has been used to diagnose the cause of poor race performance in horses. This study investigated the relationship between previous racing performance in Standardbred horses and T waves, and the effect of training on the T wave. Thirty-two horses were electrocardiographed in two Sydney racing stables. Sixteen horses (50%) had ECGs with three or more leads with abnormal T waves, and these horses had won more races, had a greater ratio of wins per start and a greater number of dollars earned per start than horses with less than three abnormal T waves (P < 0.05). Horses with abnormal T waves also had significantly faster racing times (P < 0.01). There were significant (P < 0.01) correlations between the number of abnormal T waves and both number of wins (R = 0.47) and dollars earned per start (R = 0.45). Fastest winning mile rate was also negatively correlated with number of leads with abnormal T waves (R = -0.52, P < 0.01). Twenty two horses were also electrocardiographed within seven days of good racing performance. The mean number of abnormal T waves was 2.7 +/- 0.41, and the mean T wave amplitude in the four chest leads (CV, CR, CL, CF) was 0.9 +/- 0.15 mV. Thirteen horses (59%) had abnormal T waves in three or more leads. The effect of training on the T wave was also investigated in nine previously untrained and unraced Standardbred racehorses.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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@article{Evans1994RelationshipsBE, title={Relationships between electrocardiographic findings, racing performance and training in standardbred horses.}, author={Darin L Evans and Kate E. Polglaze}, journal={Australian veterinary journal}, year={1994}, volume={71 11}, pages={375-8} }