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post #1 of 19 Old 08-10-2020, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Heart rate monitors

Looking to get a heart rate monitor to condition the horses easier. What are your suggestions?
I’d Like a wireless one as that seems to be easiest to use. What do you like / dislike about certain models and how much do they run? I would like something that you just clip on and can read off an iPhone or fit it. Without having to buy an extra watch or expensive subscription.
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post #2 of 19 Old 08-10-2020, 02:01 PM
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I think the only wireless ones are Hylofit. They're spendy but I've been hearing good things about them.

I think I have a V Max one, which I never use. I should but I couldn't get it to stay under my pad ever so I gave up. I should probably try again, we use different pads and saddles now so it may work. I wear a Garmin and my Apple Watch usually at rides so I should probably get the adapter kit for it so it shows on that.

I have the handheld Polar Healthcheck for my crew area as well. That I usually try to use, although in my stressed out mind usually unsuccessfully.

Not a ton of help but I will say nothing is going to be a cheap solution but I don't think you need subscriptions for any of it.

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post #3 of 19 Old 08-10-2020, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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I was to that to see the data on my phone for the hylo I would need to have a yearly subscription. Not sure if there Is free version available.

I’ll look more into it
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post #4 of 19 Old 08-10-2020, 04:01 PM
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I have a Polar for Hondo. Have and had Polars for myself also.


Polar was first way way back and I think are still the best. But all that I'm familiar with use a watch. But I like using the watch. Just a quick glance at a tilted wrist and you've got a reading without using up a hand by dragging out a smart phone........oops....there it goes.


Some models do have an interface with the computer that can be downloaded with a chart of the ride/heart beats.


When waiting for heart rates to drop to normal, a watch is really handy to me. as aways, YMMV

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I think polar and hylo fit are the same company. At least that’s the way it looks so far. I’d love to have a watch too. But that’s an extra $$$ that I don’t want to spend right now.
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post #6 of 19 Old 08-13-2020, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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As an update to hylo fit. You no longer ha e to subscribe, the app is now free
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post #7 of 19 Old 09-03-2020, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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So another question, Ive had the Hylofit monitor for a bit and was able to ride with it twice. Its the hylofit one (polar I believe is the actual transmitters in it). My issue is that the signal constantly keeps getting dropped. For those one you that ride with one, how to you make it work consistently?

Also, the suggestion by the company is that it sit right behind the shoulder, when I put it in this position, I have to put the electrode strap under the saddle pad, and this results in the horse pinning his ears and going into a canter when I ask for a trot, I assume its pinching. I flipped it upside down, and it seems not to bother him as much (shorter end up), but I can't help by wonder it its hurting him.

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post #8 of 19 Old 09-03-2020, 07:22 PM
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The contacts need to make 'electrically conductive contact' with the skin. If the hair is dry, it'll take a bit of sweat to make the 'conductive contact' non-intermittant. A splash of salt water works great.


When I used to use one that was in direct contact with my skin, I would still wet the contacts to get a solid reading until I sweated up.
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post #9 of 19 Old 09-03-2020, 08:34 PM
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Agree that if you are not getting a consistent reading, it is likely a wetness (or lack thereof) issue. If the horse isn't working up a sweat, you can use ultrasound gel to keep the connection.

Can you change the battery in the transmitter yourself? That was always my issue with polar products - that the transmitter batteries were sealed and you had to send them back when the battery died (and the cost of that is almost as much as a new monitor!).


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post #10 of 19 Old 09-03-2020, 09:13 PM
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Yeah, I think Polar sells a jell also. Salt water, or, (well should I say?), saliva is a very good conductor. Only in a jam, and horse saliva of course!
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