Equestrianism in the 21st Century

January 15, 2018
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Nearly everyone today has a smart phone, compare that to five years ago and the change is radical. With everyone within reach of the newest and smartest gadget, we increasingly turn to technology to make our daily lives easier, and this is no different in the equestrian world. 

For those of you who prefer to hack alone, a GPS enabled tracking app will help keep you safe

To outsiders the equestrian world appears to be stuck in the past, with much of the sport holding onto long held traditions and customs. While many aspects of our sport are reluctant to change, using app based technologies to improve our sport has taken off hugely in the last few years and it’s only set to increase. While there is still a lot more to be done, there are already equestrian apps that can improve your riding, as well as keep track of your horse’s wellbeing. We take a look at some of the best on the market for riders.

FEI TV On the Go

Never miss that gold winning dressage test, or that shocking fall round Badminton again, the FEI TV on the Go is the ultimate mobile experience for any equestrian enthusiast and expands the FEI TV service to your smartphone. The application is available to download free of charge (FEI TV subscription required for access to all content) and is packed full of great features such as live streaming, video on-demand, instant latest news delivery, live broadcast countdowns and alerts.

Use the integrated links to always stay connected to FEI’s digital social network channels such as FEI on Facebook or FEI at Twitter and the global equestrian community. The app is available for iPhone, Android and iPad.

Long gone are the days of maps for planning hacks

Horserider SOS

This app is designed as a rescue device for horse riders, especially those hacking out alone that need a way of communicating if an accident were to happen. Horses at times are un-predictable and may stumble and fall or even spook and bolt unseating their rider and leaving them injured out in the countryside possibly miles from home. It works by monitoring your activity while you ride and in the event that you should fall off, or are injured or incapacitated, will automatically send an alert to your chosen friends and family.

What’s fantastic about this app is due to the GPS capability of your smart-phone, ‘Horse Rider SOS’ is able to pin point exactly where you are on the planet and once the alert is triggered will send your GPS position so that your rescuers can find you without delay. Available for iPhone, Android and iPad.

Stable Mate

The Stable Mate app, brought to you by Equest and Equest Pramox, makes it easy to manage your horse’s health needs. Fill in all the useful information needed to keep track of their health routine including worm control, vaccinations, dentistry and farriery. The app then automatically creates a calendar of events and appointments.

One of the most important uses of a smartphone around horses – selfies!

Horsehub

This app sells itself as “World Class Training in Your Pocket”. HorseHub provides you with assistance from the most talented group of equestrian coaches and professionals you’re ever likely to find in one place – your pocket.

The easy accessibility of this app allows you to view helpful training videos from event riders such as Paul Tapner, who can ride you through BE dressage tests and give advice over the cross country. In addition to training material, you’ll also find plenty of entertainment programming & event footage. This app has had great reviews and success since its launch. Currently only available for iPhone.

EquiBioSafe

Launched by the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB), this new app is now available for Android. EquiBioSafe covers all the key elements of contagious disease prevention and control and is an indispensable download for the owners and keepers of any kind of horse or pony. It’s a portable, user-friendly and interactive synopsis of both the HBLB Disease Control Codes of Practice for Breeders and the National Trainers Federation (NTF) Codes of Practice for racehorse trainers.

It covers all the important contagious diseases and explains how to minimise risk with practical advice on the management of horses, staff, visitors and the environment. It even has checklists for dealing with sick horses. Clinical conditions and techniques are illustrated with video and stills. Interactive elements of the EquBioSafe will help you comply with sporting authority vaccine regulation and legal obligations for disease reporting. It allows you to calculate CEM disease risk for individual broodmares and stallions and will also help you find the nearest Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office.

Mapping hacks can be a great help for measuring speed and distance

OS Map Finder

The ultimate map app for hacking. The OS Map Finder allows you to locate yourself in the most remote places as well as allowing you to plan your next move across the country. Zoom through different scales of Ordnance Survey mapping with the option to purchase 100 km2 tiles of more detailed mapping in 660 dpi clarity.

Use the GPS integration to track your progress, see how far you have gone and your average speed. You can then save your trips and even add a photo. Use the handy planner to plot your route to follow, see how far you’ll travel and get an approximate time of how long it will take to walk routes. Available for iPhone and Android.