Take a look at how other riders are using KER ClockIt™ Sport to monitor their conditioning programs.

Intermediate XC school

Horse: Oldenburg/Thoroughbred cross

clockit research Intermediate XC school

Most of our cross-country schools do work in a progression. It was pretty hot that day, but he handled the weather really well. The first 15 minutes would have been a trot and canter around and then the warm-up jumps. We put a few together (4 or 5 jumps), then came back to talk about it or re-do anything we need to. With every peak in the chart, I was doing an exercise. Each exercise progressively got harder. The lull in the middle was watching another person do an exercise that I wasn’t doing. The next two exercises added banks with accuracy questions, so down bank to corner, and double up banks to skinny, etc. The last exercise we finished up at the water. This was a final prep, so we tried to keep it light for him.

The rider
 

Intermediate gallop sets

Horse: Thoroughbred mare

clockit research Intermediate gallop sets

The rider trotted to warm up, then did three 6-minute gallop sets on flat terrain. Overall, she spent about 16 minutes of the hour-long ride in the 70-80% heart-rate zone.

Session notes
 

Novice dressage school

Horse: Pony mare

clockit research Novice dressage school

Dressage school on a hot day. This tells me she is aerobically able to do more work. Since shifting her weight back is still new and difficult for her, muscle fatigue is the limiting factor.

The rider
 

Beginner novice jump school

Horse: Thoroughbred gelding

clockit research Beginner novice jump school

Offsite jump school with an off-the-track Thoroughbred.

Session notes
 

Prelim/1* gallop with trots

Horse: Warmblood gelding

clockit research Prelim/1* gallop with trots

The total session duration was around 90 minutes. The rider alternated trot and walk on a hill to warm up, followed by two gallops (460 and 520 mpm) on level ground (visible as central loop on map) and a cool-down period. Overall, the horse spent about 5:30 over a heart-rate of 70%.

Session notes
 

Intermediate/advanced hill work

Horse: Warmblood cross

clockit research Prelim/1* gallop with trots

Two canters up Nelson’s hill in Pennsylvania. It’s easy to see the correlation between incline (altitude shown in blue) and heart rate. By using a hill, riders can easily raise their horse’s heart rate into a higher conditioning zone without the need for extreme speed.

Session notes
 

XC Course – Novice

Horse: OTTB

clockit research XC Course – Novice

This session shows an exceptionally fit horse doing a Novice XC round in competition. His highest heart rate during the work was 142.

Session notes
 

XC Course – Training

Horse: OTTB

clockit research XC Course – Novice

To compare with the Novice session above, this horse is doing the Training track at the same competition, and shows a more typical cardiac response. His heart-rate got into the 190s while on course.

Session notes