Electronic Journal of Polish Agricultural Universities (EJPAU) founded by all Polish Agriculture Universities presents original papers and review articles relevant to all aspects of agricultural sciences. It is target for persons working both in science and industry,regulatory agencies or teaching in agricultural sector. Covered by IFIS Publishing (Food Science and Technology Abstracts), ELSEVIER Science - Food Science and Technology Program, CAS USA (Chemical Abstracts), CABI Publishing UK and ALPSP (Association of Learned and Professional Society Publisher - full membership). Presented in the Master List of Thomson ISI.
2006
Volume 9
Issue 3
Topic:
Animal Husbandry
ELECTRONIC
JOURNAL OF
POLISH
AGRICULTURAL
UNIVERSITIES
Kapro˝ M. , Janczarek I. , Marchel I. 2006. INTRODUCTORY STUDIES ON LINKS BETWEEN BIOMETRIC RATES OF GROWING TROTTERS AND PARAMETERS OF THEIR TRAINING ADVANCE ON INITIAL TRAINING STAGE, EJPAU 9(3), #20.
Available Online: http://www.ejpau.media.pl/volume9/issue3/abs-20.html

INTRODUCTORY STUDIES ON LINKS BETWEEN BIOMETRIC RATES OF GROWING TROTTERS AND PARAMETERS OF THEIR TRAINING ADVANCE ON INITIAL TRAINING STAGE

Marian Kapro˝, Iwona Janczarek, Iwona Marchel
Department of Horse Breeding and Use, Agricultural University of Lublin, Poland

 

ABSTRACT



Material for the study, commencing a cycle of national research on trottters (including links between their body conformation traits and training advance rate), was provided by 60 young trotters of Danish and German breeding. During the research, which took place in automn 2004, the horses were on the initial stage of the training preparing them for the races. Twenty-three biometric measurements were taken of the trotters, based on which 15 indices of their body conformation were calculated. Additionally, the level of their training advance was established (WRW, WRW2, WDT, WTT), based on heart work parameters and pace, registered by means of telemetric devices. The evaluation was done during 3 repetitions of trot, from the slowest to the fastest, on a specially marked distance of the course. The results of the studies lead to the following conclusions:


  • the boniness index of the tested trotters shows the highest level of correlations with training advance (with negative WRW,WRW2, WTT and positive WDT), and their character is different from those obtained for shoulder length, hind limb and croup size (with mostly positive WRW2 and WTT and negative WDT),


  • the number of statistically significant correlations between body conformation indices and training advance rates is much higher than the one established earlier with regard to absolute biometric measurements of the tested trotters. This shows that proportions of conformation play a significant role in evaluating performance predispositions of young trotters,


  • the research is introductory but the range of the revealed tendencies clearly points out the need to continue it not only for young trotters but also grown-up racing horses.



Key words: biometric measurements, horses, training advance rates, trotters.


Marian Kapro˝
Department of Horse Breeding and Use,
Agricultural University of Lublin, Poland
Akademicka 13, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
email: marian.kapron@ar.lublin.pl

Iwona Janczarek
Department of Horse Breeding and Use,
Agricultural University of Lublin, Poland
Akademicka 13, 20-950 Lublin, Poland

Iwona Marchel
Department of Horse Breeding and Use,
Agricultural University of Lublin, Poland
Akademicka 13, 20-950 Lublin, Poland

Responses to this article, comments are invited and should be submitted within three months of the publication of the article. If accepted for publication, they will be published in the chapter headed 'Discussions' and hyperlinked to the article.