Home Current News News Archive Shop/Advertise Ridecamp Classified Events Learn/AERC
Endurance.Net Home Ridecamp Archives
[Archives Index]   [Date Index]   [Thread Index]   [Author Index]   [Subject Index]

Re: [RC] Descanso disasters, vol 2 - Sisu West Ranch

"...your horse cannot reach 60 bpm within 10 minutes WHENEVER YOU STOP then you are over riding your horse..."
I respectfully dissagree.  If you are riding a well conditioned horse in very humid (>95% humidity) and high temperatures (>90 F), unless lots of cold water is placed on the horse, the pulse can easily hang over 60 for extended periods.  Cooling requires someplace for the heat to go.  It can be used to evaporate water.  At high humidity, and high temperatures (we are talking high dew points here in addition to high relative humidity.  Dew point is really what controls things, we just aren't used to thinking about that.) the 102 F water sweat out on the horse just will not evaporate taking heat with it.  The same goes for conduction to the air.  The amount of heat transfered (with all other vaiiables controled) is proportional to the temperature difference.  There just is not much difference between a 102 F horse and 95 F air.
Please note:  I am just trying to say that a simple prescription of so many minutes to a certain pulse is just to simple, the ambient conditions, the horse, his state of training etc. all have to be taken into consideration.  Colics happen.  Ranger ended up in a vet hospital for 2 days with colic.  He came into the check, pulsed immediately, etc.  20 minutes later he felt rotten.  45 minutes later he was on IV.  I wish horses were as simple as certain pulse and recovery.
Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875
(406) 642-9640

Re: [RC] Descanso disasters, vol 2, Don Huston