Post Number: 24
|Posted on Friday, May 06, 2011 - 02:40 pm: |
Down in Kentucky for my vacation we ran into Bill Pressey and Leonie. Although there was no treadmill work due to an injured tendon on Leonie's horse we did confirm that using the lancet on the horses nostrils does work.
With repeated pricks on the nostrils two of leonie's horses didn't even seem to notice. They were more concerned with the bright blue box being brought near them than with the actual lancet. We then put one horse on the hot walker at 20mph showing a climb to lactate levels of 2.3mmol and then slowed to 10mph for 5min with a clearance to 1.6mmol. Heart rate was as high as 185bpm at 20mph and then down to 130 at 10mph. Although not a full LBP test it did show appropriate lactate levels for the output. This is a good step forward.
Leonie invited us back this fall when her in home treadmill will be up and running to work on perfecting a LBP test where we can hopefully control heart rate to within 10bpm, and get even more specific LBP readings for a given athlete. We are hoping to have a few horses that we can work on when I come back so that we can see if trends are consistent using the lancet as compared to taking blood from the jugular to confirm that we are accurate. If this works it will go a long way in using lactate to assist with training.
Post Number: 3183
|Posted on Friday, May 06, 2011 - 09:06 pm: |
Adams, thank for your feedback and enjoy the south.
It is great to see , that you where able to take a lancet and the lactate pro, as this is done easy and with any horses since ,the lactate pro is on the market.
It is done not just on horses , but as well on many other animals at rest and in action.
There is no need for jugular blood taking , but as in so many situations the practial, people and coaches have to learn and experience it on their own handling. There is as well in humans often some traditional ideas, which are hard to break and over many years lactate had to be taken over a line from the forearm , than got replaced with the believe that it had to be on the ear , till finally we ended up on any body part you can get capillary blood. We some times take it from the forearm and this mainly in sports , where you may grip hard , like cross country skiing or as well in sports like motocross, where there is a helmet, so hard to get to the ear fast and lots of pressure on the forearm hands/ fingers.
We did as well on feet in wheel chair athletes to compare possible differences in upper body and leg lactate trends.
In horses yes: nostril, lips, ear and neck can nicely be done with lancet and lactate pro, fast and in a very optimal way.