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  • Best gps for miles and speed horseback riding
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    10-23-2012, 08:28 AM
Green Broke
Tracking miles, best gps?

So I know this is mentioned in other threads but they would take me days to read through they are so long lol. So help me out.

GPS tracking thingys for trail rides?? I know nothing about GPS's except the Garmin I despise that is in my car. Now I understand Garmin can make good things but really I hate that darned thing, hasn't worked right since day one. I loved my TomTom, he was very smart and user friendly.

Anyways I would like to get one of these fancy little buggers so I actually know how far I have gone and can add up the miles. I think it would be fun to see how much farther my little 19 (soon to be 20) year old rescue arab can go than the other horses hehe. Plus I've been thinking about trying out some endurance or the such with her. She can already do a 25 mile trail ride in under 4 hours without being sore at all, the day of or after.

So one that is not too expensive but that will get the job done. I don't want any stupid apps for my cursed iphone, hate that thing too. (I hate technology and it hates me) So something easy to use that *shouldn't* break, or die half way through, or get me lost, or really do anything that it shouldn't.

Suggestions and where to buy them? Hoping to put this on my Christmas list :)
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    10-23-2012, 08:49 AM
Green Broke
I use the Garmin eTrex Ventura HC. I have one screen set up that tells me
  • Trip Odom to take miles
  • Current speed
  • Bearing
  • Max Speed
  • Total Time
  • Moving Average
  • Time of Day
  • Elevation

These can be changed to other information. This is just what information I am interested in. If I was going to a waypoint I could put in a function to tell me how long it will take to get there at the speed I am going.
I can upload the trails I rode so I map trails to print out. I can add waypoints to make places I want to be able to get back to.

I paid $159 at It was mailed to me and I love it!
    10-23-2012, 08:55 AM
Green Broke
What happens when you don't do trails? Most of our "trail riding" is through fields and down roads and through the woods. We have only actually gone on actual trails twice this year lol.

Can it still track me?
    10-23-2012, 09:11 AM
Green Broke
A gps doesnt know if you are on a trail or not, it just records where you have been. Sounds like you would need a personal class in using one to get anything out of it. I would sugest a wrist foretrex 301 or 401, the 401 if you are going to do endurance as you can add a hearrate monitor to it. Garmins directions are terrible though and you have to play with it to figure out how to work it.
    10-23-2012, 09:14 AM
Green Broke
Joe, call Garmin!!! They are terrific about helping you learn the unit. I fiddled around for more than a year not realizing they are more than happy to help!!!
    10-23-2012, 09:18 AM
Green Broke
Oh goody now where do I find one of those Joe? When you say heartrate monitor I assume you are talking about for the horse?
    10-23-2012, 09:26 AM
Green Broke
The two die-hard trail riders on my local forum both have Everytrail on their cell phones. One downloaded the free app, the other one paid for the better software but it was still under $10.

We love it because we can click on their link, follow their trail AND see the pictures they took

There are various models for different phones but don't ask me to explain them?

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    10-23-2012, 09:29 AM
Green Broke
Everytrail is pretty darn nice. That is where I upload my tracks off of my Garmin to. I have used their tracking system on my phone but I like the info that my Garmin provides.

I do use a heart monitor too, but it is not connected to my Garmin in any manner. It is a separate unit that goes to a watch on my arm. I like that too!!!
    10-23-2012, 09:34 AM
Green Broke
No phone apps, I have to charge it a minimum of 3 times a day..... the iphone is so great *eyeroll*

If I used a phone app the darn phone would be dead in an hour then I'd be screwed if something happened.

Does anyone have links to where I buy these things? I would like it under $200, makes it easier to convince for Christmas :)
    10-23-2012, 10:35 AM
Green Broke
Ok so I found that wrist garmin, not a bad price. I will be sending that link off to family soon so they can start thinking about Christmas hehe.

But now it says the heartrate monitor is sold separately, which is fine, but is there a way to have a horsey heartrate monitor connected to it?? That would be ideal as my girl prefers fast over slow so she makes it hard to know if I need to make her slow down from the saddle.

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