Fernando Martinez, who writes the Spanish-language Elevage Y Turf blog, has reproduced an interesting article in English by Freidrich Becker on air and breathing—a subject that I’ve addressed through equipment and find extraordinarily interesting. Fernando was kind enough to email it to me, to publicize to a larger audience. Here’s an excerpt:
A horse does not breathe continuously and regularly while galloping, in fact, it does not breathe at all. By that is meant that a horse does not reinflate its lungs in the continuous and imperative manner we adopt ourselves. The process in the horse is to fill the lungs to their greatest capacity at the very commencement of the gallop, and then not to reinflate until this lungful is exhausted. The horse has been evolved to do this in adaptation to the great speed of the gallop at which normal and regular intake of air is impossible.”
Read Mr. Becker’s full text at Fernando’s blog here.