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post #11 of 19 Old 10-31-2011, 06:03 PM
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I'm with MIE and others, cheap watch with a timer :)
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post #12 of 19 Old 10-31-2011, 08:51 PM
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Yep, $9 dollar Walmart digital watch. My horse is his own GPS. You can't get him lost. Just give him his head and he can find his way home.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #13 of 19 Old 10-31-2011, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by wren View Post
Hey All!
So here's a fun question. i always see the BNR at events with the bright yellow eventing watches.
I've wondered for a while if a GPS watch wouldn't be a better idea. It would tell you your speed, what the ground looks like etc. I thought it would be especially good for hunter paces, fox hunts, training, etc.
Any thoughts?
Any one have a runners GPS and like it?
This is what i am thinking of:
Amazon.com: Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor: Garmin: GPS & Navigation

Joe.....read the OP^^^. As HITS stated, this is in the EVENTING section and wren never spoke about trail riding in the OP. BNR means Beginner Novice Riders at Events aka EVENTING. Bright yellow watches, meaning the typical watches you see Eventers wearing while EVENTING. Training, meaning - training for Eventing. :)


For Hunter Paces......you don't need a GPS. And for Fox Hunting, you wont need a GPS for that unless you are so slow, you lose the pack...which is very unlikely to happen.

I only use a GPS, when I am in my vehicle, not on my horse - BUT - to Wren, if you want a GPS, please - by all means, buy yourself one.

My Husband just bought me this Watch as a "just because" gift...I LOVE IT!

The bonus is...it's in my Eventing Colors. Navy Blue, and Baby Blue.

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post #14 of 19 Old 10-31-2011, 10:46 PM
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just out of curiosity ( not to change the subject of the thread ) but what exactly do those eventing watches do ( the 99$ ones )?

I've never seen a picture of them showing anything more than a timer, so I assumed it was a glorified stop watch. what other features do they have that make them worth that kind of money?

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post #15 of 19 Old 11-01-2011, 12:35 AM
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Yep you are correct, I hit, "new posts" and read the questions and dont pay much attention to the category,
OP was asking about a GPS, and training and fox hunting which I took to be off the beaten path. As in actually hunting foxes like they do around here which tends to end in a dead fox.
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post #16 of 19 Old 11-01-2011, 12:43 AM
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I can completely understand where you are coming from Joe, at first I was confused, that's why I kept asking if you evented. Now I totally understand where you were coming from.


To Lona....

Eventing Watches are pretty much glorified stop watches. They count down instead of count up. Where most digital watches start from 00:00, Event watches start at the time you set them.

For example, say your optimum time for your xc course is 6 minutes, you then set your eventing watch directly to, 06:00. When you leave the start box, you hit "start" and the watch will start counting down.

You can also have it, so it beeps at you for every minute - to help you with your meter markers aka walking your course with the meter measure wheel thinggy mabob...

So you can gage your speed. If you are at marker #2 and your watch is letting you know you've only on course for 1 minute...well.....you know to slow down, a lot.

Just examples.

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post #17 of 19 Old 11-01-2011, 09:19 AM
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in that case I can see a big countdown timer coming in handy, My GPS can do that too btw, but would be a bit overkill. I am using my GPS in much the same manner, except timing it in hours, making various mile check points at various times. I really dont even think the speed function would be useful in a short 6 minute course. With the plus or minus 10 yards or so I wonder how accurate it would be on just 6 minutes of riding.
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post #18 of 19 Old 11-01-2011, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
OP was asking about a GPS, and training and fox hunting which I took to be off the beaten path. As in actually hunting foxes like they do around here which tends to end in a dead fox.
You must not be talking about traditional foxhunting in the sense of going out with a registered club and dogs, since their goal is NOT to kill the fox.

Today's the first day of actual hunt-to-kill fox season in VA. I know it runs through the end of February, and the law states you have to use a firearm to kill them. Dogs can run them to ground, but they're supposed to be killed with a gun, not let the dogs rip them to shreds.

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post #19 of 19 Old 11-03-2011, 04:30 PM
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eventing watches

I considered getting a watch as well but here in CA the last shows I've ridden with hunter pace it states no watches. so I didn't want to get DQed if caught using one.

I found a watch with timer at dollar tree store, it clips to my event vest since its a "carabiner" type.
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