A "study" in Conditioning
|July 15, 2010||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
OK – more like an observation. Or theory. Or hypothesis.
Mustang Sally went with me again (with a friend mounted) to preride the Tevis finish to the river crossing and back.
Sally was slightly thinner than last year (Thank Goodness!) and the weather was slightly cooler (100 degrees as opposed to 115 degrees).
After 25 minutes of untacking, cooling the horses with the hose, and waiting for my friend to get back with the car I got curious.
What was the difference in pulse?
Both horses finished the ride looking good with plenty of energy (unlike last year where poor fat Sally was led in and then tried to do “death by trailer” on the way home – probably trying to roll in the shavings inside the trailer).
I had loaded Farley by this time in the trailer and while she wasn’t upset…she wasn’t exactly thrilled to be in the hot trailer while Sally was tied up in the shade still grazing.
Farley’s pulse was…..44
Sally’s pulse was….60
So I have a couple of theories –
#1: Farley is really fit and Sally is…..not
#2: Farely is fit but also has the advantage of a lower resting pulse. Sally is average fit but naturally has a higher resting pulse.
What’s interesting is that the horse’s “looked” almost identical after the ride!
I don’t ride with Sally often, but I think I’m going to keep an eye on her pulse – both resting and after activity. It’s interesting. It’s fine and dandy to know what a horse’s pulse is/how they are recovering etc., but what’s even more interesting (to me) is to have a fit horse doing the same work as a comparison.
Sally is great on the trail and would make a nice little endurance horse, so if she does enough work where she’s 50 mile “fit”, it will be even MORE interesting to monitor her pulse. My experience is that fit non-arabs will be outpulsed by a quaisi-fit arab a majority of the time. I don’t particularly want to get on my soap box about the 30 minute pulse finish criteria here (an AERC thing for you non-endurance people) but it will certaintly be interesting to monitor Sally over time….