Sorry, just a little fan-girling over my horse, the professional model. I swear, you pull out a camera, and he KNOWS. He holds really still, perks his ears up, and does the faraway gaze for a ridiculously long time. Also, I posted a pretty unflattering photo of him yesterday, and my mom was mad at me for embarrassing him. Sorry Nyls!
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KER ClockIt™ Session of the Week
Kentucky Equine Research (KER) takes a lot of the guesswork out of conditioning with its free smartphone app, KER ClockIt Sport. By tracking an individual horse’s intensity and duration of exercise through speed, heart rate, and GPS, horse owners and trainers can condition and feed each horse appropriately for the work they’re actually performing.
The ClockIt Sport session featured this week belongs to a rider who was prepping her horse for Training horse trials that were to take place in two weeks, before advancing to Preliminary level. The pair set out for hill work, including a ten-minute trot set, followed by three three-minute canter sets. Check out a segment of the session below. As you can see, the horse’s heart rate (purple line) increases while ascending hills (blue line).
Multiple KER treadmill studies have shown that exercising horses on an incline greatly increases work intensity as measured by oxygen consumption, heart rate, and lactate production. These studies have shown that at a canter, a 1% increase in grade increases a horse’s heart rate 6 bpm—the same effect on heart rate as increasing speed 35 m/min on a level treadmill. Therefore, equal heart rates can be obtained by cantering horses on a 6% grade at 490 m/min as from galloping on the flat at 700 m/min.
To see a detailed report like the one above, go to the KER ClockIt website and log in to your account. Once you are signed in, you can view your detailed sessions under the “Sessions” tab.