Horse Racing Performance

Blood viscosity is the thickness and stickiness of blood, which is the only factor that determines blood flow. Improved blood flow means better athletic performance. Impaired blood flow means exhaustion of the athlete.

Equine Health Labs offers an exclusive diagnostic test service to detect blood flow irregularities. Order the viscosity Performance Package to detect viscosity surges and identify critical causes for under performance.

Better Circulation, Better Performance

Horses are superior athletes because they can increase oxygen consumption from a resting baseline to levels far beyond human athletes. The race horse achieves this feat by releasing red blood cells from its spleen, but in actuality, the horse’s blood is facing a delicate balance between maintaining high levels of blood for circulation during racing and overextending its blood into a viscosity surge that causes congestion in the blood vessels.

If your horse does not have enough blood cells, then its blood is too thin and viscosity is too low. This means the equine athlete will not be able achieve maximum oxygen consumption or perform as fast or as vigorously as it could. However, the reverse is also true: If the horse has too many blood cells, then the cells get choked up in the vessels, starving muscles and organs of oxygen. The result is fatigue or exhaustion. Testing for high blood viscosity allows you to manage this delicate balance and improve your horse’s athletic performance.