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    Re: [RC] Zen and HRM - Laura Hayes

    I am not quoting you at all.  I do not believe that HRM are essential pieces of equipment - nice to know, but not essential.  If Dance Line's high heart rate is not evident when you jump down and take it with a stethoscope, then it is not too high.  180 is ok if the horse recovers in a few minutes, in fact, I would say that is a super horse.  You are searching for a scapegoat, Howard.  You let your horse run when he should not have.  PERIOD.
    Laura Hayes
    ----- Original Message -----
    Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 11:30 AM
    Subject: Re: [RC] Zen and HRM

    You are, also, misquoting me.  I said that it was a vital piece of equipment to use on a new horse, while training.  I do believe that is all I said.  I don't try to give out advice to newbies or oldbies.  I wouldn't want that kind of responsibility.
    Till I purchased my HRM I never realized that my Saddlebred's heart rate can go up to 180 or higher during training.  Keep in mind, from outward appearances one would never know this (well, maybe, an expert like yourself might).  This guy is in incredible shape, is so much fun to ride, and, yes, the air is thinner up there (he really is 17 Hands tall).
    I could quickly dismount, check him out with a stethoscope immediately and I would never get the kind of readings I do while we're "afoot."  This is all I was saying.  Once I realized what was going on, I decided never to run him again at a run.  And, I now believe this is how I got him into trouble when we attempted our first 50 miler 3 or so years ago.  Please, check out my ride times before you join the crowd of believing Howard rides too fast.  It's what some of you need to believe because we all need to pick on somebody, and if the guy is silly enough to taunt us like he does, we have no choice in the matter.
    For breeds other than Arabian, with riders who want to do 50 miles or more, I really do believe they need to find out what is going on immediately, out on the trail.  Of course there are other factors that are just as important, but the HRM does provide something accurate and timely.  Why discount such a valuable tool?   It's not the only tool one should use, but it is the one that might get a rider to back off and slow down when the numbers reach a level that tell them to do so.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Laura Hayes
    Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 9:41 AM
    To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: [RC] Zen and HRM
    Scott wrote:<<<When the sport places so very much
    emphasis on the horse's heart rate, it is essential to know where that rate
    is!  Unless, of course, one is sooooooooo good that they can simply read the
    difference in their horse between 65 bpm and 59.>>>

    Scott- Heart rate is merely a measure of your horse's ability.  As someone
    said, it is not a tachometer.  There is emphasis on HR in our sport- as a
    reflection of the horse's physiological status, just like the skin pinch for
    hydration, but the rider won't get that far in the exam if he hasn't read
    his horse correctly and taken the proper care out on the trail.  If he
    hasn't listened to him and adjusted the plan in the hours you are out there.

    No one needs to know the difference between 65 and 59 while you are riding.
    Either one is acceptable. If you are listening to your horse and not riding
    balls to the wall, you don't need to know what his HR is while you are out
    there.  Don't tell me you do - I have won many many rides- I know.

    And I am not arguing with Howard, I am disagreeing with a point he made that
    I feel strongly about.  I have 21 years of success to back it up.

    Laura Hayes AERC#2741

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