, Ohio State University and the U. of I.
began work, focusing on the grueling second, or endurance, day of the three-day
Using steam pumps to create varying levels of heat and humidity, Ohio
State researchers found that at 90 degrees and 85 percent humidity (a common
July morning in Atlanta) a horse would become fatigued in half the time
as in the 45 degrees common to the event's origin in Northern Europe.
At the U. of I., under the same steamy conditions, Foreman found that
horses could not cool off during the post-steeplechase trot. In subsequent
laboratory tests, Foreman determined that stopping twice for ice-water baths
allowed the horses to recover quickly and safely.
The veterinarians' recommendations showed up in the Olympic games, with
shorter steeplechase courses, a longer cool-down period with two ice-water
baths and closer medical monitoring. Allowing for changes in both event
courses and in horse care because of weather-related conditions has proven
effective in other horse competitions, Foreman said.
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