Polar Equine for Horses
Maximize your horse's training session with features such as heart rate, target zone and a training summary. Put the transmitter strap around the horse's chest area. The heart rate data displays on the Polar FT1 unit that the trainer wears on their wrist.
Polar FT1 wrist unit training computer
Polar Equine T31 non-coded Chest Transmitter
Instructions are included with product
Manual for the Polar FT1 wrist unit
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The smarter way to train your horse
The Polar Equine heart rate monitor helps you gain a better understanding of how to train your horse safely and correctly. See how effectively your horse is training; you can easily and accurately measure your horse’s exertion levels during exercise and monitor their resting and recovery heart rates as well.
Why measure a horse’s heart rate?
Measuring your horse’s heart rate gives you a genuine competitive advantage. By following and analyzing heart rate along with speed and distance, you get to know your horse much better and train them so that they stay healthy and achieve their best. In any discipline – be it for practical purposes, recreational activities or competitive sports – measuring the horse's heart rate has a number of benefits for horses and their owners alike.
You can adjust each activity session to the right level of intensity, which is the most important and efficient ingredient in any equine training program. Heart rate monitoring is easy, and there is no discomfort to horses.
Maximum heart rate
HRmax stands for the highest number of heart beats per minute (bpm) during maximal physical exercise. It's individual and depends on age, hereditary factors, breed, gender and fitness level. It may also vary according to the sports discipline performed. HRmax expresses the intensity of an exercise.
There are many ways to figure out a horse’s HRmax. The most accurate way is to measure it clinically, usually on a treadmill or by carrying out an exercise test that a veterinarian supervises. You can also multiply the age of the horse by 0.9 and then subtract that figure from 223 to get a good working estimate of the horse’s maximum heart rate.
Heart rate at rest and Heart rate reserve
A horse’s heart rate varies from 24-32 bpm (at rest) to 210-240 bpm (under maximal workload). The heart rate reserve is quite wide due to the size of the heart, so there are plenty of possibilities to benefit from different target heart rate zones in your training.
Polar Sport Zones for horses
Finding the best training methods for your horse is essential when you want to improve your horse's performance. You can easily do it with Polar Sport Zones for horses.
Studies show that it's not only the amount of training, but above all the quality of training that matters when aiming for better results.
The way you train your horse in different target heart rate zones has an impact on your horse's health. As is true with any form of sport, basic training is good for health and physical wellbeing. But in competitive sports in particular, discipline-specific training and testing can lead to considerable results. The first step towards better performance is to figure out the right intensity of training, and with horses that can be a challenge. However, by using Polar Sport Zones for horses, you can find out the most beneficial target heart rate zone for your horse and carry out training at an intensity that makes the horse stronger, healthier and fitter. Like this, heart rate monitors make measuring aerobic capacity easy and give information of the horse's current general condition and which sport zone should be used. All this helps you create specifically tailored training plans of suitable intensity and duration.
The table below gives you details about the benefits, training recommendations, heart rate and training modes at different training zones for horses (ref. Bitschnau et al. 2013).
Monitor a horse’s health and fitness by watching vital signs of safety
By following the horse's heart rate during and after exercise, you get vital information about how your horse is doing. You will also be alerted in time if there are any signs of injury, illness or fatigue.
Evaluate stress response to travel or environmental change
When there are changes in your horse's daily routines - travel, new environment, new equipment, different riders, learning new skills – the horse’s heart rate may be unusually high. Heart rate gives you an idea of how your horse is coping with the changes so that you can modify their activity as needed.
Train your horse to peak performance by
Ensure proper warm-up and recovery -
Monitoring heart rate ensures that the horse warms up properly before a strenuous exercise. And when they need rest, you’ll know that, too. This is helpful for a recreational rider, for example, whose horse may be in a stall all week with minimal activity.
Measure training intensity -
With a Polar equine heart rate monitor, you can adjust each activity session to the right level of intensity, which is the most important ingredient in any training program. Training too hard for too long can increase the risk of injuries, and then again, training too lightly doesn't significantly improve the horse's performance.
Assess recovery during interval training -
Many owners and trainers are now using interval training to improve their horse’s fitness, using short but intense training sessions separated by short recovery periods. If your horse’s heart rate doesn't return to the desired recovery target within the rest period, it's a signal to you that the program is probably too hard or too long. All this helps you create specifically tailored training plans of suitable intensity and duration.
Track fitness improvement -
The horse's heart rate during exercise and recovery can tell you whether your horse’s fitness has improved. When your horse becomes fitter, the heart rate at a given trotting speed is lower, and during recovery the heart rate goes down faster.
Polar offers free training software to give you a deeper understanding of your horse’s training. It features a complete training log of your horse’s exercises, helps you plan the workouts in advance with multiple planning options, analyzing the results after training with versatile graphs which you can customize according to your needs and lets you use different reports for a long-term fitness development follow-up.Your product comes with polarpersonaltrainer.com or the Polar ProTrainer 5 software.