Racehorse Exercise Physiology Seminars
This course will be conducted
December 4-6, 2009 at Mohawk Racetrack and Inn , Cambellville Ontario Canada in
conjunction with FaCT Education of British Columbia Canada and Racehorse
Conditioning Systems Inc. of Albrightsville Pennsylvania.
The multi-focus program will
concentrate on 21st Century racehorse exercise physiology and
bio-chemistry basics, laid out in terms which laypeople can understand. The program will focus on applying
physiologic theories to real world testing and training situations.
“We are not teaching
racehorse exercise physiology. We are sharing means of testing racehorse
physiology, with a basic understanding of the physiology behind the tests, and
in-depth discussions of how the tests can be applied to any training program .”
discussion topics will include:
* Finding a deeper understanding of aerobic (oxygen
dependant) and anaerobic (oxygen independent) muscle fiber development…it’s not
* We’ll discuss the new understanding of lactate as potential fuel source for working muscles, and how we
can use lactate information to help test fitness and set training intensities.
* You will learn simple and safe testing methods for
measuring lactate and understanding the Lactate Balance Point (LBP) system.
* You will be introduced to quick and easy tests you
can periodically perform to help measure fitness, with easy to use software
specifically designed to help with data interpretation. You will have the foundation for
creating your own performance-line tests. These “Fit-Lines” are valuable tools for more in-depth evaluation of a horse’s
* You will learn more about when, why, how and how
often to monitor a racehorse’s heart rate. You will also learn about the newest technology in measuring
speed, and use this in combination with the horse’s heart rate information.
* Transferring the information to your computer for in-depth
analysis can be easy. You will learn about the Polar Heart
Rate Monitor System, The Lactate Pro Analyzer and FaCT software. We will discuss how to build an
inexpensive and portable, testing lab using these tools.
* Other topics of discussion:
Central Governor Model for Racehorse Performance
Depletion / Refueling
Dumping. We have new information on spleen dumping and are evaluating a new tool to measure blood oxgen content during training and racing. We may have the tool available for REPS at Mohawk.
Dr. Andrew Sellars M.D. is
the director of FaCT-Education and Head Coach for the Balance Point Racing
Team. He has extensive experience with bringing the science of physiology into
the heads and hands of coaches across Canada and the U.S. His recent work has
led to the development of the equine equivalent of the FaCT Lactate Balance
Point test, which has over the past 20 years revolutionized training programs
for human athletes.
Andrew says, “We look
forward to sharing the newest understanding of lactate as a potent biomarker to
help with exercise and training prescriptions. Our hands-on approach to the testing of horses is not
difficult. I bring expertise in
training humans and using the tools. You all have the expertise training racehorses. We are building some very interesting bridges.”
Joe Geiser, harness horse trainer and CEO of Racehorse Conditioning Systems.
Joe says, “This
course can be for everybody and anybody who trains performance horses. You just need to think outside the box
and accept the idea of going back to school a little bit…this will be fun and
for sure we’ll all learn a lot.”
December 4, 2009:
5pm to 9pm - Lecture and Classroom Discussion in the Champion Room at The Mohawk Inn.
December 5, 2009:
7:30am Continental breakfast
at the Inn. Full breakfast is available from the menu.
9:00am to 11:30am - On track LBP field testing at Mohawk.
12:30pm - Working lunch at the Inn or a conference room at the track (TBD).
to 5pm - Field test LBP evaluations and group discussions.
7pm - Group Dinner and
discussions most likely at Mohawk Inn.
December 6, 2009:
7:30am – Continental breakfast at the Inn
8:30am to noon - Concluding discussion
The program cost is $500.00 payable
by check or Visa/MasterCard. Attendance is limited so act now.
Whether you train 2 or 200 horses you will gather practical ideas for day to day applications.
The Mohawk Inn is a horsman's hotel. It's not fancy but the rooms are adequate and the food is good and ample. Our group rate is $69 which includes continental breakfast. A work through dinner Friday night and
lunch Saturday is in the $500 course fee. You
are responsible for your travel and the Saturday evening Dutch treat group dinner.
For Mohawk Inn information
click: http://www.mohawkinn.com or call 905-854-2277. To make your reservation mention my name or
To discuss more details or
enroll please call 1 570 722 2658 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The agenda is full and covers
a lot of information. There will
be significant value for a small but highly motivated group of racehorse
Joe Geiser Pres/CEO
PO Box 130 – 24 Old
Albrightsville, PA 18210