Polar Equine Heart Rate Monitors
Now your horse can talk … You just have to listen
Horse Health, Fitness and Performance
From the recreational horse owner to the equine professional, all have a vested interest in their horse’s fitness and welfare. And as in humans, one of the best ways to gauge the health and fitness of your horse is by his heart rate.
A Polar Horse Heart Rate Monitor (HHRM) provides instantaneous and continuous feedback on your horse’s heart rate, letting you know how he is doing during exercise or recovery, and while at rest.
The latest Polar HHRMs are accurate and reliable, simple to use and easy to put on your horse. In addition, there is no 'hard wire' connection between you and the horse transmitter, enabling it to be used in training or competition—both with and without a rider—or during leisurely rides.
Whether used recreationally or competitively, Polar HHRM’s give you the opportunity to listen to your horse’s body. HRRM training can help you establish a well-rounded exercise or training program and keep your horse fit while minimizing the risk of injury.
Fitness and Well-Being
If your horse could talk …
He might tell you that while you're having a great ride, he really isn't. In fact, he’s not feeling at all well and has a touch of colic coming on. Or he might say that while you’re ready to push on after cresting the last hill, he still needs to rest. The heat is really affecting him.
Now he can.
For years, Polar products have been used in the world of endurance riding to keep horses safe during competition. But the same approach can help you keep your horse safe during your weekly or daily rides. By monitoring your horse’s heart rate during exercise, you can listen to what his body is telling you and understand how the ride is affecting him.
It's easy, and there's no discomfort to your horse. It's the best way to keep him healthy and safe, while minimizing injuries and ensuring that he's having a good ride also.
Your horse listens to your cues …
Communication between horse and rider is essential in any equine sport, especially Eventing. But unlike their human counterparts, equine athletes can’t always tell you how they’re doing. So it’s up to trainers and riders to ensure their horses are fit, injury free and stay in good health for the long competitive season.
Now listen to hers.
A Polar horse heart rate monitor is the most reliable way to tell how effectively your horse is training. It easily and accurately measures the horse’s exertion levels during exercise and monitors resting and recovery heat rates as well. It lets you know what your horse is capable of on any given day under any given condition.
It’s the best way to keep your equine athlete in good health and optimize her abilities in the most efficient way.
Benefits of horse heart rate monitoring
(Health and Fitness)
Although competitive equestrian sports are closely monitored by veterinarians, traditionally it has been difficult to determine the health status of the horse during general exercise or competition. Until now. Recreational owners, competitive riders and trainers alike have begun using Polar HRRMs to assist them with evaluating the health and performance of their horse.
- Monitor Vital Signs for Safety
Abnormal readings of your horse’s vital signs—namely resting, exercise and recovery heart rates—can alert you to immediate or impending problems such as injury, illness or fatigue.
- Evaluate Stress Response to Travel or Environmental Change
When your horse is exposed to anything new—travel, a different terrain, new equipment, different skills or alternate riders—the horse’s heart rate may be abnormally high. Heart rate gives you a measure of how your horse is coping with change so that you can modify the horse’s activity accordingly.
- Ensure Proper Warm Up and Recovery
Monitoring heart rate ensures that your horse warms up properly before more strenuous exercise. And when he needs a rest, you’ll know that, too. This is helpful information for the recreational rider whose horse may be in a stall all week with minimal activity.
- Track Fitness Improvement
Improvements in your horse’s fitness can be detected by exercise and recovery heart rates. Increase in a horse’s fitness is associated with a reduction in heart rate at a given running speed and a more rapid decline in heart rate during recovery.
Benefits of horse heart rate monitoring
- Measure Training Intensity
Intensity is the most important ingredient in any training program. Working too hard for too long invites injury and fatigue; working too effortlessly provides little training benefit. By monitoring your horse’s heart rate, you can adjust each activity session accordingly.
- Assess Recovery During Interval Training
Many owners and trainers are now using interval training to improve their horse’s fitness, using short but intense training sessions separated by short recovery periods. If the horse’s heart rate isn’t restored to the desired recovery target within the rest period, it helps the trainer know if the program is too hard or too long.
- Gauge Intensity During Cross-Training
Many owners and trainers now incorporate swimming in their horse’s exercise program to keep joints moving, muscles toned and the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in condition. Waterproof T51H/T52H Polar transmitters let you know exactly how hard your horse is working during swimming sessions.
- Audit Training Sessions
Many owners and trainers don’t do their own riding or driving. With the Polar HHRM, you can record the horse’s training session into memory and check to see that your specific instructions relative to training intensity and time were followed after the session has been completed.
- Increase Your Equine Expertise
Whether you are the owner or the trainer, the horse is your most important asset. Using a heart rate monitor increases your knowledge about each individual horse to improve its general health and training. Utilizing the most advanced technology on the market today helps you increase the value of your professional expertise.
Training for equestrian sports
A horse heart rate monitor allows you to determine the frequency, volume and intensity of training based on the individual fitness level of each horse, and the demands of each discipline.
A HHRM can help you prepare more effectively for all three events. Endurance training and internals are critical to the preparation of your horse. Simulating the demands of each discipline are now possible, and duplicating those efforts during training will lead to a successful competition. The heart rate monitor will tell you how your horse is being affected by the effort he is putting in, and allow you to make the decision to back him off, or push him a little harder. All while keeping him and you safe.
Endurance allows dressage horses to perform more exercises in a shorter time period while maintaining technical precision. It also minimizes injuries due to one-sided technical work.
By paying attention to your horse’s heart rate, you can assess whether he is stressed when he approaches a jump, or if his fitness is causing him to make errors late in the competition. You can simulate the demands on your horse and see how it affects him during training. That’s critical information to have when preparing for competition.
- Cross Country
Simulating a challenging course in training, and monitoring the heart rate and effort of your horse, can ensure you are both ready for competition. It is an invaluable pacing tool that will ensure your horse is ready when he comes to the more challenging questions that he will face. Prepared and not over-trained or injured.
- Thoroughbred Training
While thoroughbreds typically run at or near max heart rate, the HHRM is a useful tool for gauging recovery. Determining when a horse is ready to go hard again is much easier when you know his heart rate. And gauging his resting heart rate will tell you whether he is ready for a hard training day, or it will be best to back him off a bit and avoid overtraining him.
HHRMs have long been a critical tool in these competitions. Pacing your horse is obviously one of the critical elements of these competitions where you must pass veterinary checks quickly during competition. And having that information with you as you prepare your horse will ensure he is ready. Harness/Driving: Finding the right intensity levels for your horse is critical when training for harness racing or driving events. Pacing by speed and heart rate gives you the information to prepare your horse right and make decisions about training relative to your horse’s fitness level and recovery.