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          Monitoring your horse's heart rate for better training

          Friday, April 22, 2016

          Why should you monitor your horse's heart rate during training? Seaver answers.

          Why is it important to monitor your horse's heart rate?

          Heart rate measurement is used in almost all sports. However, this process is struggling to become more widespread in the equestrian world. This is particularly true at the amateur level, despite the proof of its usefulness in monitoring the health of the horse and its performance.

          Indeed, the practice should not only be reserved for racehorses and endurance riders. If you know how to use it properly, heart rate measurement can give you valuable information.

          At rest, the heart rate is around 30 to 44 beats per minute. And this can be influenced by temperament or the size of the horse. When exercising, heart rate, as a raw datum, struggles to provide us with the information we need. The only way to improve a horse's heart rate is to train him.

          This is why we have developed a set of calculations, simplified into a single view on our application that will allow you to measure the intensity of your exercise, differentiating between the moments when you simply burned calories, the moments when you improved your horse's cardio and the moments when you worked it at high intensity.

          In addition, studying the variability of your horse's heart rate in relation to certain data such as the average galloping speed, will allow you to know if your horse is in good or bad condition at a given time. Thanks to a simplified presentation of the data on our application, you will be able to know if your horse's physical condition still needs to be improved, before a competition for example.

          Finally, a high variability in heart rate for the same exercise can be synonymous with the onset of edema, abscess or other abnormalities. Our application will notify you so that you can call your veterinarian and treat the problem beforehand.

          Team Seaver