Saturday, August 29, 2009

HR tracking in Real Time

Finally, the technology is here!-
When I first started showing my services to trainers, the first question was - So I can sit here with a laptop and watch my horses heart rate and gallop speed in real time? Uh, unfortunately the answer was no. But no longer....

Polar has released the Team2 system, which allows you to outfit several horses with HR gear simultaeously, then send them out on the track and watch how they respond on your laptop.

How does this help us?

Most importantly, we can send out a string of horses for similar workouts, even in company, and gauge their fitness levels immediately. In the image above for instance, there is a 'red' horse and a 'blue' one riding side by side.
Every step of the way, the red horse exhibits lower heart rate/exertion levels than the blue - even though to the naked eye they appear to be physiological equals.
Imagine a farm doing this with their 30 yearlings in an exercise wheel, the true racing specimens would literally jump off the page-
(the above pic was from a human case, which explains the low heart rate data, Rutgers University to this date has the only equine version, I should have mine in the next few weeks - I will then FLOOD you guys with examples)

Monday, August 24, 2009

upcoming Lexington, KY presentation

Thanks to the great folks at the Kentucky Equine Management Internship, namely Leslie Janecka, I have been invited to speak at Gluck Auditorium on the Univ. of Kentucky campus in Lexington on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 at 6pm.

If anyone would like to attend or receive a summary of the evening, please contact me and I will make arrangements if possible.

Topics will include most of what has appeared on this blog over the past year, with a big focus on using physiological testing to grade sales stock.

Afterwards, I will get back to some more regular postings in this space hopefully.

Look for a reprint of my Optimal Conditioning article in the next European Trainer magazine, which I believe is released in early September.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Thoroughbred Interval Training

By far these 3 words are the leading keywords searched for by people who eventually land on my blog. I have written a short piece on the subject in the past, but now I see the need for more detailed info.

If you have any specific areas of interval training that you would like to see addressed here, please leave notes in the 'comment' section.

I should have a more complete blog entry on the subject within the next week or so.

Monday, August 10, 2009

August in Florida

Anyone reading this blog from the great state of FL, please be aware I will be in central/eastern Florida for the majority of August, starting tomorrow - please get in touch with me if you would like to get together.

Did anyone catch the Niagra Equissage saddle on MinethatBird from the ESPN Million broadcast?

How about NY outlawing hyperbaric oxygen treatments the week before a race? Interesting.