Hylofit geared up riders at the Boyd Martin Clinic on December 11th at Fox Race Farm in Millbrook, NY. The clinic was coordinated by Booli Selmyar. Booli, an advanced eventing rider and owner and trainer of Fox Valley Sport Horses, is an early adopter of the Hylofit system. Hylofit, a wireless heart rate monitor for both horse and rider, tracks ride performance and provides insights to improve training results and promote the overall health and wellbeing of your horse. Booli rides several horses a day and understands how each horse has different levels of fitness and training needs. Hylofit helps her manage the diversity of training and understand its effectiveness.
Hylofit is such a helpful tool. It shows me exactly when and where my horses put out more effort, which is unique to each of them. - Booli Selmayr
Booli introduced Hylofit at the clinic as a tool to help riders better understand their performance. Participants who rode with Hylofit were able to see first-hand the impact of the training session and spectators could see the variance from one horse/rider combination to the next. For example, Rider 1 and Rider 2 experienced the same instruction during the clinic but the cardiovascular impact of the work was dramatically different. Heart rate reflects workload, stress and pain. The information from Hylofit allows riders to tailor their training regimen to account for the current fitness level of their horse and align future work with the competition goals they have set.
The “Rider 1” ride summary above shows the horse’s average heart rate was 77 (bpm) and the riders average heart rate was 115 (bpm). The graphical depiction of heart rates is in sync, showing that the horse (red) and rider (blue) were working in perfect harmony with each other and that one was not working harder than the other during the clinic.
Located to the right is the ride summary data from “Rider 2”. While the horse data in this graph is very similar to the data from the “Rider 1” graph, it is clear that Rider 2 is working much harder and is not experiencing the same level of recovery in between efforts. The differences between these two graphs shows us that not only is it important to focus on the fitness level and training regimen for our horse but that we also need to account for our own physical fitness. Horses are extremely sympathetic beings and will respond to the elevated heart rate of their rider. The more we can do as equestrians to improve our fitness and response to stress, the better we will be able to help our equine partners do the same.
The Hylofit system is now available for $349 plus a membership plan.