Equestrian Sports are sports that uses horse as a main part of the sport. Some of these games include polo, horse racing, driving, and rodeo. Whether you are an amateur rider, a professional competitor, a trainer or a boarding facility owner, the health of the horse plays an important role. Two sports technology company have recently launched equestrian wearables to help you keep a check on the horse health.
SeeHorse is first such equestrian wearable and there are five main features of it.
Temperature Check: The wearable when worn by the horse will constantly measure the temperature using the horse radiant heat. This will give first signs of illness and instability.
Heart Rate: The SeeHorse uses IR to scan the horse heart rate. Not only it is wireless but it less intrusive and does not include positive and negative leads or ECG.
Respiratory Rate: When the wearable is placed on horse ribcage, it measures the rise and fall of the ribcage and updates the respiratory rate number every minute.
Alarm: The wearable constantly monitors the heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature. It alerts through an app if the values exceed or decreases a certain amount. It also notifies the owner if the horse goes outside the radius of its stall.
Activity Tracker and Movements: Beyond the first level of metrics, SeeHorse also captures steps and calories. Using the app, the owner can see in real time the movement and position of the horse. The app also builds the history of these movements and visualize it to build a better relationship between the horse and its owner.
The product is waterproof, comes with wireless chargers and can even hook up with social media for sharing your horse data! It comes in three colours (black, green or blue) and is priced at $499.00. For further $10 a month, a cloud storage facility is included which connects your horse to a global network for health analysis.
The second such sports technology company is a France based startup, Equisense. The company was successful in securing over €150,000 to fund a wearable, Equisense Motion/ The Equisense Motion is attached to the saddle with the help of the leather attachment. The features of this equestrian wearable includes:
Sessions and Care Calendar: Every training session is recorded even when it is not connected to smartphone. The horse health and fitness level is recorded so it could be compared against the progress.
Lameness Alert: The wearable send alerts to your smartphone if the horse is unwilling or unable to stand or move normally.
Activity Reports: The wearable detects the activities automatically through horse movement. It measures time spent at each lead and each gait, elevation, cadence, speed, number of jumps and work intensity.
Course tracking: The horse riders can also benefit with more detailed analysis related to jumping, dressage and endurance.
Data Sharing and Feedback: The data collected via the wearable can be shared with coaches, veterinarian or other riders. This would improve the communication between all the parties and better care of the horse. The app can also provide exercise suggestions based on partnerships with top riders and trainers.
The batteries on the wearable can record up to 8 hours of data. The device is waterproof and will be available for €299 (US price is not known) however, if you are sold already, you can head to KickStarter to get one for €179.00.