Originally Posted by Joe4d
I use the hand held $77 Polar hand held unit and the 301 foretrex. They are down to $109. Various endurance sights sell adapter belts for the human hear rate monitors that go under the horses girth. For any of these be advised you can't have any other electronich device nearby. The Garmin 301 foretrex I have found to be very accurate and has worked perfectly fine in the mountains and woods. Never had a problem getting a signal. Distance Depot has one compatible with the Garmins. After you use them to check your horses pulse you will pretty much learn what it is without checking. At top levels going for the wins I can see how knowing pulse while runnign will let you squeeze everythign you can out of your horse without over doing it. At my level just getting a general idea at water breaks, and checking to be sure he is down BEFORE I go into the vet check is good enough for me. The 301 foretrex I hav e I don't think can do speed like a speedometer in your car. But it does give average speed. Which is what I am looking at. I plan an average say, 6mph. When I get over that coming into a water/ grass brake I can dismount, and let horse eat and drink while I keep an eye on my average speed. When it drops to around 5.9 I mount back up and head out. So you can use it to monitor breaks as well. The third screen is split in 4 parts and you can choose what you want displayed in those blocks. I keep it, Top speed, average speed, distance, and time.
Thanks for explaining all this, I doubt my horse is ever going to be a top competitor, I just need a way to know how I am doing with his speed & miles, plus HR, so I know when we can do an LD. I am very competitive with myself!
So, it looks like a Garmin is the answer for my needs.
Right now I am working on building up his lungs by doing some interval work gaiting and as big a walk as I can make him do. We got up some pretty good speed yesterday, he was moving pretty good when I asked for a gait but I need to know how fast he is.
I am also trying to work him away from the kids' horses. He is herd-bound so it makes it interesting. I need to ride him without the girls, but since they are out of school I can't get out to ride without them!