Regular monitoring of your horse’s heart rate during exercise and rest is essential to the overall understanding of the health and fitness levels of your horse.
• Heart rate is a key indicator to your horses health and wellbeing
• Understanding and monitoring your horse’s normal heart rate regularly can help detect early illness or injury.
• Your horse’s heart rate can increase when he is excited, stressed or in pain. Increased heart rates may also be due to infection, respiratory and metabolic problems, and primary heart problems
Heart rate is a key indicator to your horse’s fitness levels
• Having access to accurate data allows you to react immediately to your horse’s current fitness level and set training goals accordingly.
• Understanding your horse’s heart rate recovery rate can help to prevent injury from exercise overload.
• Determine peak fitness levels for future competitions and races with regular heart rate monitoring and real time data.
Heart Rate Activity
Most horses have a resting heart rate between 25 to 40 beats per minute (bpm). Understanding your horse heart rate can tell you a lot about your horse. Not only can you measure your horse’s fitness levels and his ability to adapt to exercise and recover, but your horse’s heart rate can also tell you if he is in pain or stressed.
Asides from physical exertions and exercise, there are other factors will determine your horse’s heart rate such as environmental factors like weather temperatures or his surroundings, as well as age.
On average a mature horse’s maximum heart rate will be 220 bpm but as the horse ages, this can drop to 200-210 bpm. This is useful if you are measuring exercise intensity as a percentage of the heart rate max (HRmax).
Baseline/Rest around 25 to 40 bmp
Low intensity (brisk walk) between 50 to 90 bpm.
Low/medium intensity (trotting) between 80 to 140 bpm.
Medium intensity (canter) between 120 to 170 bpm.
Medium/high intensity (fast canter) between 160 to 200 bpm
High intensity (gallop) between 160 and 240 bpm.