Originally Posted by Joe4d
LOw 50's is good !.. wish I could ge there. Usually our rides in the US require a pulse down of 64 to 60.
Its all about the temperature. Sorry can't do celsius, but anything over about 85 degrees and I am unable to get Bo to pulse down, even when riding at barely finnish speeds.
My second horse emma has several things going for her that make her much better suited. I am just now getting her in shape, Planning on a 25 miler (41km) Limited distance ride in Nov. See how she does. SHe has a much more efficient gait than bo does. Bo has a high stepping rack, emma has a true flat walk/ run walk and can really move out at a shuffle. We shall see. Hopefully I can at least turn her into a happy consistent finisher.
Also not sure what "strap him down" means. Are you using lots of water ? Water on water off, ice water on also, concentrating on neck, whithers and shoulders., Avoid the butt, you can cramp them.
Yep, strapping down, is the cooling and feeding of the horse between legs of endurance or LD's, that is what we call it down under. Where we train all we have is a lot of deep sand, hopefully this means when we finally get out to the LD training site, that we will have lower heart rates.
He is doing 9km/hr with his running walk that he can keep all day, his rack is very high stepping, and very quick at 24km/hr....too bad he can't do that all day, if he could that speed is fast enough over here to win some races :)