A detailed cardiological evaluation will include examination of the heart using colour flow Doppler echocardiography and an exercising ECG (electrocardiograph). This allows us to investigate a number of disorders, most notably those associated with cardiac murmurs and arrhythmias.
ECGs can now be obtained very simply, using modern digital equipment that is small enough to fit under a saddle pad, which records ECGs while the horse exercises freely. This has proven to be invaluable for examining animals at rest and in simulated race, event or endurance race conditions.
Celia Marr is an RCVS Specialist and a European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine and is internationally recognised for her work on cardiology.