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HRM and tying up

Hi Nancy,
you wrote: <snip>
>Having ridden a horse that tied up I'd like to say that the heart 
monitor will not give any advance warning that anything is amiss. In 
fact, in a mild case that doesn't actually cause the horse to completely 
stop, there may be only a minor blip of a problem. If the horse isn't in 
acute pain from it, it won't show up in the heart rate.
         What you write is correct. However, what I meant about managing tying
up with a HRM is that you can tell when the horse is pushing the anaerobic
state. Too much time spent in anaerobic exercise may cause a horse various
problems, including tying up. So, the HRM helps one to train at the
appropriate rate and helps us know when we are pushing the envelope and when
we are just pushing too dog-gone hard.

>>Consistant excercise & limiting grain seem to be the most effective 
tools. YEP! 

When the horses are out on pasture remember that seedheads are 
grain too! (We learned this the hard way.) DIDN"T KNOW THIS!! Thanks for the
Beverly Schlegel and Flower
Blue Ridge Mts. of SWVA

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