Muscles are complicated: They intertwine with connective tissue and different muscle groups have different jobs.Since your horse spends so much time using his muscles, let’s take a quick look at how they work.
You already know your horse needs rest and recovery time, but greater knowledge of his muscle anatomy might help you better understand the importance of the respite. After all, we all want our horses to have the healthiest muscles possible, because healthy muscles equal better performance.
Your horse has three muscles types: skeletal, smooth and cardiac. Each muscle type has the following specific functions:
3. Cardiac (Heart) Muscle
Now that you know what kind of muscles your horse has, let’s look at what makes up those muscles.
Horse muscles are made up of two different fibers: Type I and Type II. Here are the differences between the two:
Type I Muscles
Type I muscle fibers are known as "slow twitch fibers." This means they work aerobically to use energy.
Type I Muscle Actions:
Type II Muscles
Type II muscle fibers are known as "fast twitch fibers" and are broken down into two categories: Type II A and Type II B.
Without getting too complicated, here’s what they do:
It's important note that the ratio of these types of muscles varies, depending on the breed. Your quarter horse may have a fewer Type I muscle fibers than your friend’s Arabian does. This information should be factored into training for your next event. Your vet can help.
Since you know that proper nutrients produce the fuel your horse’s muscles need, a proper diet is even more important, depending on your horse’s training and discipline levels.
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