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Re: [RC] Log book -- What do you record? - Diane Trefethen

k s swigart wrote:
Diane said:

I know the mileage of each conditioning loop
 and by recording the time taken as well as any
 info that might detract from that time (weather,
 stopping to chat, etc), I am able to better assess
 my horse's progress. We may miss that our horse
 consistently takes 5 seconds more to reach criteria
 at the top of a certain hill (or 5 seconds less!)
Actually, I am a little puzzled by an assortment of things in this
statement, the first being "consistently takes 5 seconds more,"
consistently more than when/or what??

Actually, I am a little puzzled by your puzzlement, except for the 5 seconds part which I agree was too fine a point. So maybe I need to explain.

What I meant was that if my horse's pulse usually takes about 2:00 minutes to recover from a specific exercise, like trotting up a "test hill", it is easy to overlook the fact that for the last month or so he has been taking 1:40 minutes or 2:20 minutes. If he consistently performs either better or worse than his "norm", then this tells me that a) there is a new "norm" and b) either my horse's condition is improving or he has a problem.

Additionally, I cannot imagine being able to measure the amount
of time it takes to reach criteria down to the second, or even
to 5 seconds.

That one's easy. Every second you are in a vet check waiting for a pulse to drop is additional ride time. If you run Top Ten, seconds matter both in actual elapsed time and especially the psychological value of scoring on the riders that arrived at about the same time you did. It makes good sense to know how long your horse takes to come down from different degrees of exercise so you can walk or trot into the vet check at the same moment your horse reaches criteria.

Or being able to measure the arrival at the "top of a certain hill"
down to the second, or even to 5 seconds.

I didn't say anything about how long it took to get to the top of that hill, but now that you mention it, that is also a good beta to establish.

 but by recording that information, we can see these
 patterns and avoid either over conditioning or the
 more obvious problems associated with thinking our
 horse is ready to tackle a ride we have planned when
 he isn't.
Or you can just do like me and run the horse up a test hill and see
if its ready.

Ahh, but your mind is "a steel trap", right? You never forget anything. Mine is a sieve. Stuff leaks out all the time. And I daydream when I ride. I imagine what I'm going to do at such and such a point at my next ride or I calculate the average mph we're traveling. Sometimes I go over parts of previous rides and try to think how I could have done things differently. If my test hill were 2 hours out, I'd never know that we took 1:45hrs or 2:30hrs, or why, if I didn't record when I start, the time I hit significant points in the ride, and the time we finished.

Different approaches for minds that function differently. The best approach is the one that works. You remember details well... I don't.


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[RC] Log book -- What do you record?, k s swigart