Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dead Batteries and Heart Monitors


I hauled out to get Biscuit this morning.  I loaded up and got the stuff to make fly spray as my bottle was empty.  I stopped at the store by Tyrrell Park and got cokes, water and scrambled eggs for breakfast.  I unloaded Biscuit, gave him a hay bag and sat on my stool and ate scrambled eggs in the park.  How nice is that?
 
I tacked Biscuit up and put my heart monitor on him for the first time in a long time.  It sync'd easily and read 31 bpm.  I mounted up and took off to the right.  Biscuit's heart rate was around 60 or so.  I walked til we rounded the back and went a little further and then hit a jog.  Heart rate went to 98-100 and then dropped to 87-91 while we jogged.  We varied speed from around 4 mph to 7.5 mph and his heart rate varied between 87 and 100.  I jogged/trotted all the way around and down the little trail to Cattail Marsh.  He did trip bad once.  We kept going and I passed the trail head with no problem and kept the jog/trot going.  We completed another round and down the little trail.  My Garmin quit at the head of the entrance on the other side near Cattail Marsh.  Too bad but I got alot of use out of those batteries!!! 
 
We passed the trail head and he was good about it but I turned him around and hit a walk.  HR dropped to 70 immediately and within 3 minutes or so was down to 49 or less.  He did a great job.
 
I took his tack off, gave him a handful of treats and then washed him off.  He drank from the bucket and I washed off his tack.  He got his faces sprayed and he was good about it.  I scraped him and let him graze while I waited for a client to bring cash for her cake. 
 
I loaded him up and hauled him home.  He dropped and rolled!!!  Had a great ride with my boy!  I rode 4.6 miles today. 

3 comments:

Dolores Skeel said...

I have just ordered a garmin, don't have it yet.
I drive single and pair. Does the Garmin give you how many miles you drive and time? Where would I put the unit? On the horses, cart,myself? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Dee

Denise said...

Dee, The Garmin will track miles no matter how it goes. You can put it anywhere...on your person, in anything you carry with you. Have a great time and let me know how it is going. I would love to hear more!

Denise said...

Dee, The Garmin will track miles no matter how it goes. You can put it anywhere...on your person, in anything you carry with you. Have a great time and let me know how it is going. I would love to hear more!