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Re: [RC] ATTN: Folks who don't use HRMs - Ed & Wendy Hauser

I found a HRM to be very instructive in teaching me how hard my horse was
working.  Later I found that since I am a heavy weight, my limiting factor
was not the cardiovascular conditioning, but rather the legs.  Obviously, a
HRM did not tell me about legs until it was to late.  At about the same
time, I purchased an OF, and was able to ride with the girth rather loose.
The loose girth prevented girth sores, but made reliable HRM readings hard.
I was going to shave and superglue the electrodes on, but eventually decided
I was not getting enough information to be useful.  If one is careful about
listening to your horse, you can figure quite closely how hard he is working
and how tired without an HRM.

The place I use a HRM is on a belt at vet checks.  I strip tack, put on the
HRM belt with the watch set to beep at the appropriate pulse and start
sponging.  Since I have either no or one crew (depending on whether Wendy is
competing that day) it probably saves me a minute or two each vet stop.


Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875



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[RC] ATTN: Folks who don't use HRMs, sharon1359