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

Hello Ed,

You are right that many factors enter in and I agree that the 10min 60bpm is simple but no guarantee. What I was getting at was to use every stop to check recovery for a while to prevent a buildup of heat or stress or dehydration or whatever, sort of like a string of mini training rides instead of the big vet check to vet check push. Gives a rider a better chance to recognize trouble sooner and also learn what kind of trail and speed causes the worst recovery times for their horse. Definitely not gonna get top ten on that routine, just dinner. ;-)

Don Huston

At 04:43 PM 6/18/2008 Wednesday, you wrote:
"...your horse cannot reach 60 bpm within 10 minutes WHENEVER YOU STOP then you are over riding your horse..."
I respectfully disagree.  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 transferred (with all other variables controlled) 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

Don Huston
donhuston @ cox .net
SanDiego, Calif

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