The Training Trifecta: Heart Rate, Lactate and Respiratory Rate

The Training Trifecta: Heart Rate, Lactate and Respiratory Rate

13:16 17 March in Blog

The Training Trifecta: Heart Rate, Lactate and Respiratory Rate

As owners of athletes, and often athletes ourselves, we all understand and have experienced the repercussions of intense workouts: soreness, tired or irritated muscles, tentatively-pulled tendons or ligaments, or even a sprained ankle. These injuries are typically a result of pushing ourselves too intensely over a short period of time – and often with little-to-no recovery. When we ignore our pain and continue pushing ourselves, we wind up facing more serious injuries.

If we are guilty of overtraining our own bodies, is it possible that we might also be guilty of doing the same to our horses?

Just like humans, horses feel the impact of their exercise on a muscular level, something that is easily forgotten since we cannot personally feel (or see) their soreness or internal injuries. But what if there was a way to understand exactly how your horse was feeling?

Fortunately, there is. LARC TEST is a diagnostic tool that measures a variety of factors, including heart rate, lactate, and respiratory rate, in order to accurately assess the effects of a difficult workout on your horse. Using this data gathered, LARC TEST evaluates the physical condition of the horse’s heart, muscles, and lungs to prescribe the necessary recovery time and detect any potential injuries.

Why heart rate, lactate, and respiratory rate?

 These three physiological variables are the key communicators of your horse’s physical status. Heart rate, lactate, and respiratory rate do the talking and helps you understand what your horse’s body is saying. Understanding your horse’s body on an internal level plays a key role in their success, leading to increased performance and decreased risk of injury.

LARC TEST tells you how your horse is recovering, and warns you of any possible internal damage to the horse’s heart, muscles, and lungs. Measuring this trifecta (heart rate, lactate, and respiratory rate) lets you know will know whether your horse is ready for another challenging workout or needs a day of rest.

When these physiological factors are not monitored, your horse faces multiple risks: undetected obstacles in the lungs, tying up, muscle soreness or overuse, and torn ligaments and tendons, among other injuries. By using LARC TEST to understand the amount of physical exercise your horse is capable of, you can then gradually increase the workload in order to condition and strengthen the horse’s body safely.

When adhering to the training trifecta of heart rate, lactate, and respiratory rate, your horse will be unstoppable. LARC TEST’s training reports provide the essential data required to understand what your horse needs.

Building a workout regimen based on your horse’s recovery, level of fatigue, and overall physical condition is the future of training. Join us at LARC TEST today, and see results tomorrow.