During training, many factors can impact the intensity of the session: the work itself according to its duration and intensity but also the recovery phases, the depth and slope of the track, the equipment to carry, the rider’s riding and also other environmental criteria such as temperature or wind.
The relative importance of these various factors can be evaluated objectively by physiological measurements which reveal the real intensity of the work provided by the horse.
Evaluation of a recovery technique
Active recovery is a full-fledged stage of the workout. It allows optimal elimination of lactates in post effort. But its effectiveness depends on its duration and especially on its intensity.
Evaluation of a training track
The elevation and the depth of a track are essential elements that impact the training load. A physiological evaluation makes it possible to precisely quantify their influence on the metabolism of trained horses.
Evaluation of a swimming session
Equine balneotherapy is increasingly used to limit mechanical stress while maintaining a level of physical activity. Cardiac and lactic measurements allow precise quantification of the intensity of these sessions.
Evaluation of a treadmill session
The use of treadmills is generalized in many equestrian disciplines for example for warming-up or recovery. The speed and the slope can be adjusted precisely according to the individual physiological response of the horse.
Evaluation of a innovative material
The material impacts the intensity of muscular work. It can make it easier (eg electrically assisted car) or increase it (brake sulkies). In either case, the quantification of physiological and mechanical effects is essential.