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Selected performance parameters of Polish half-blooded mares

Marian Kaproń
Chair of Genetics and Horse Breeding, University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce, Bolesława Prusa 14, 08-110 Siedlce, Poland
Abstract :
The study covered 89 Polish warm-blooded half-bred mares (51 representing Polish Noble Half-
Breds, 23 Wielkopolski and 15 Małopolski horses) which went through a 60-day training (terminated
with a performance test) at the Biały Bór training centre. Assessed was motion and jump parameters
of individual mares (recorded with a digital video camera) and the heart rate (HR) index – based
on ongoing telemetric registration – at rest and during performance test. Heart rate indices were
also used to formulate a custom “effort reaction index” (WRW) employed further on in the study. A
fairly pronounced inter-breed variation was identified in the mares, mainly in the case of the WRW
index. This indicates the usefulness of the proposed index for the breeding selection of performance
traits of horses. The index finely differentiated variation between the horses, unidentifiable in the
analysis of the heart rate values alone.
Keywords :
sport horses / training / warmblood mares

Date Deposited : 02 Apr 2015 10:44

Last Modified : 02 Apr 2015 10:44

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Volume 32, Number 2, - 2014

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