If I Only had a Heart (Rate Monitor)

If I only had a Heart (Rate Monitor)


Heart rate monitors have primarily  been used in fitness training but they also can reveal pain and  reflect emotional stress or anticipation in horses. In other words a horse’s heart rate can reflect their emotional state of mind.  When Tim was working with race horses he noted a correlation between an increased HR and emotionality. We were curious to see if we could reduce emotionality as reflected through heart rate. Our supposition was we could help the horse figure out what was being asked of him by shifting his emotional state to a cognitive state where he can think and learn.

Heart rate monitors are sensors worn on a strap around the horse’s girth resting on the skin of the horse near the heart. The heart rate monitor measures electrical pulses that are produced when the heart beats.  A HR monitor records the number of heart beats. The data that is collected during a given period of time is given as beats per minute or BPM.

It’s generally accepted that:


1.       A complete resting heart rate averages somewhere between 30 – 40

2.       Walk: between 60 - 80

3.       Trot: between 80 - 110

4.       Canter: between 90 -130.

5.       The maximum heart rate of a horse lies between 240 - 250

Senor workout showing HR of 144

For more information about our work with Heart Rate Monitors as a training guide please contact us directly.  You can read more about our work in our Case Studies.