The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of acupuncture (AG) treatment on some hematochemical parameters in five Thoroughbred horses after road transport and exercise. Horses competed in two official races. For each race, animals were transported from their stables to the racetrack. Horses transported and competed in the first race represent the control group. Two weeks later, the same horses competed in the second race. Before road transport, they were treated with AG. From animals, blood samples were collected at rest (TPRE), after unloaded (TPOST), 30 minutes after unloaded (TPOST30), at rest in the transit stall (RPRE), at the end of the race (RPOST), and 30 minutes after the race (RPOST30). The effect of transport, exercise, and AG was evaluated on blood lactate, glucose, red blood cell, hemoglobin, hematocrit, mean corpuscular volume, and erythrocyte osmotic fragility (EOF) values. A significant effect of transport (P < .05) and exercise (P < .01) was found on all studied parameters in both groups. A significant effect of AG on lactate, glucose, and EOF values was found in transported (P < .001) and exercised horses (P < .05). The results found in this study showed that transport and exercise are potential stressors for the athlete horse that may affect its welfare and physical performance. The data suggest that AG stimulation promoted the increase of blood glucose values and the reduction of lactate and EOF levels suggesting its role in the improvement of the physiological adaptation to stressful stimuli and of physical performance of Thoroughbred horses.

Acupuncture Needle Stimulation on Some Physiological Parameters After Road Transport and Physical Exercise in Horse

RIZZO, MARIA;ARFUSO, FRANCESCA;GIANNETTO, CLAUDIA;GIUDICE, Elisabetta;BRUSCHETTA, Daniele;PICCIONE, Giuseppe
2017

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of acupuncture (AG) treatment on some hematochemical parameters in five Thoroughbred horses after road transport and exercise. Horses competed in two official races. For each race, animals were transported from their stables to the racetrack. Horses transported and competed in the first race represent the control group. Two weeks later, the same horses competed in the second race. Before road transport, they were treated with AG. From animals, blood samples were collected at rest (TPRE), after unloaded (TPOST), 30 minutes after unloaded (TPOST30), at rest in the transit stall (RPRE), at the end of the race (RPOST), and 30 minutes after the race (RPOST30). The effect of transport, exercise, and AG was evaluated on blood lactate, glucose, red blood cell, hemoglobin, hematocrit, mean corpuscular volume, and erythrocyte osmotic fragility (EOF) values. A significant effect of transport (P < .05) and exercise (P < .01) was found on all studied parameters in both groups. A significant effect of AG on lactate, glucose, and EOF values was found in transported (P < .001) and exercised horses (P < .05). The results found in this study showed that transport and exercise are potential stressors for the athlete horse that may affect its welfare and physical performance. The data suggest that AG stimulation promoted the increase of blood glucose values and the reduction of lactate and EOF levels suggesting its role in the improvement of the physiological adaptation to stressful stimuli and of physical performance of Thoroughbred horses.
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