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RE: [RC] CRI's - Kristen A Fisher

There is an article in this Vet Newsletter by Kerry Ridgeway about use of CRIs and interpreting the numerical values:
Kristen in TX

From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of The Coles
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 2:50 PM
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Subject: [RC] CRI's

I had posted this earlier, but go no responses, so I'm trying again...
At a recent Limited Distance ride I attended, we were asked a question by the Ride Vet (this was her first "endurance" vetting) regarding CRI's
We explained to her that the CRI was an indicater of cardiac recovery, and that the reflected values indicated "the fitness of the horse to continue" and that the ideal numerical values we to have the horse recover at, or below, the inital heart rate.
She then asked how to rate the following CRI's (all CRI's were done at exactly the 10 min "called for pulse" time)
This brought the discussion around to which one was the best....  The 58/52 shows the best cardiac recovery, while the 44/44 maintained, however the third horse at having an initial HR of 38 showed better pulse down rates.  So, she was confused as to how to rate the values for High Vet (yes, we offer High Vet at our small rides in our neck of the woods). 
Given that all other parameters were equal, and based on your experience:
1) How would you rate the three?
2) What would have been the best way to explain this to her (and yes I know, she should have know the vet manual front and back).

Do not interfeet in the affairs of Dragons, as you probably taste good with ketchup...

[RC] CRI's, The Coles