Why is it important to monitor the cardiac frequency of your horse?
The monitoring of the cardiac frequency is a widely used method in almost every sport, and yet it’s still difficult to see it used in the equestrian world – especially at amateur level, and in spite of its demonstrated usefulness when it comes to monitoring horses’ fitness and performances.
Indeed, the use of this method should not be reserved for racehorses or endurance specialists. In fact, when interpreted correctly, the monitoring of the heart rate can provide some really useful information.
At rest, the cardiac frequency normally lies between 30 and 44 bpm, and can be influenced by the temperament or the size of the horse. During the effort, simply measuring the heart rate often struggles to give us the information we need. We must also remind that the maximal cardiac frequency of a horse cannot be improved by training.
That is why we developed a series of calculations, simplified in one view on our application, that will allow you to measure the intensity of your training, distinguishing the periods when you simply burned calories, when you ameliorated the cardio of your horse, and when you worked at high intensity.
Furthermore, studying the variability of your horse’s heart frequency in respect to other variables such as the average gallop speed, will show your horse condition at a specific time. Thanks to a simplified data view on the Seaver app, you will be able to benchmark more precisely your horse’s condition and better prepare it for the next competition.
To conclude, strong volatility of the horse’s heart rate over the same exercise could be the sign of edema, abscess or other physical anomalies. Our application will notify you so you can call your veterinarian and treat the problem immediately.
The Seaver team
22nd April 2016