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[RC] HRM's and loose girths - Roger Rittenhouse

RE- Loose girths and  your HRM readings.. how to fix?

answer ---  you dont...

There is NO way to get a solid stable firm contact to the horses skin
with a loose girth.
The HRM must read the electrical pulse form the heart pacemaker. IF
the contact electrode moves all over the place it cannot 'see' the

ONLY way to correct this problem is with the stick on electrodes-- as  one
used in ER.
Our V-MAX use to offer that option but since 'you-all ' wanted to use the
'carbon rubber  reusable type electrode .. we dropped that.
HOWEVER a few other riders are reconsidering this option.

I use the 3M RED DOT EKG electrodes- about the best I have found. They
are placed in front of the saddle on the neck and under the saddle or
saddle pad. I    connect the lower electrode on the belly behind
the girth but found the connections on the neck-shoulder area and the
side behind the leg worked good.

I rode 50 milers and 3 day 100 milers many years ago using that setup.

You MAY try the 'belt strap' setup but I have found poor results also
since the saddle/girth pushes the strap around and under the elbow.
Too many things moving...

Only option that worked for me was a snug girth or the stickon
I may offer that option again.. after 12 years..??

Roger R                          mailto:roger@xxxxxxxxxxx
Equine Performance Tech
V-MAX   www.vmaxept.com   800 655 8629

From: "Celeste Murray" <celestem@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject:  [RC]   HRM's and loose girths


I need some help. I also ride with a loose girth, into the ride once my
saddle pad settles I can often fit a flat hand between the horse and the

How do I keep my HRM from losing contact? and ideas?


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