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Re: Re: [RC] Speaking of hearts...... - recklessheartranch

Well, I'm no endurance expert, but I suspect this is just a difference of 
genetics -- the system each horse was born with.

That's why not every horse can be a endurance champion, no matter who trains 
them or how.

People are the same way. There was some famous mountineer (I think he was 
French) who climbed all these giant peaks totally without oxygen -- something 
only Sherbas can do. He trained, he was very talented, but it was his 
natural-born physical system that allowed this.

I'm guessing horses are the same way. And right off the bat, I'm thinking the 
thicker built horse might not have as low a working HR as a slimmer horse.


From: Beth Walker <bwalker2@xxxxxxx>
Date: 2008/04/23 Wed PM 12:34:49 CDT
To: Ridecamp <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RC]   Speaking of hearts......

I would be interested in this, too.  My old horse, Shadow, tended to average 
around 120 on level terrain.   Caisson seems to run around 135 when he is 
calm.  On rides, Shadow tended to run about what he did in practice.  Caisson, 
on the other hand, will run 160 - 180 on terra

in that he should be doing 135.  He does the same thing in groups: he runs 
higher in groups than he does alone, even on training rides.  Makes it really 

On Apr 23, 2008, at 10:03 AM, Angie Fura wrote:
I'm trying to figure out what a normal working heart rate is for both of my 
horses.  I have one horse, Khasey, who trots out at 99-110 on level, easy 
terrain.  My other horse, Sabre, will average 120-135 on the same terrain.  
Both are trained and fed the same.  This difference puzzles me.  I try to keep 
them under 160 on rides, both conditioning and competition.  I'm wondering if 
that number should be different for Sabre, who averages higher.  Can anyone 
help me understand what's driving this difference and if there is anything 
different I should be doing in my riding program?  For context, Khasey is thin 
boned and petite, around 900 pounds.  Sabre is about 1000, but thicker/wider 
in his chest and barrel.  

Angie Fura 

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Katrina O'Neal
Reckless Heart Ranch
822 Estates Loop
Priest River, ID 83856


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