Seaver equine connected technology was created to allow for the monitoring of the horses health and physical condition during training and competition. It operates in a similar way to the various wearable fitness devices for human use that have seen a huge increase in popularity in recent years
The horse wears a sensor that attaches safely and comfortably to the girth. This is connected to a second sensor that is placed under the saddle. A bluetooth connection to the App then captures real time data with a full summary being provided at the end of the training session.
The data gathered during training sessions provides a perfect way to monitor your horses progression
Heart rate measurements have been scientifically proven with repeated tests for validity and reproducibility when compared to an approved product such as Polar.
Monitoring your horses heart rate during exercise provides an overview of your horses health and fitness level and enables a more individualised training programme to be developed.
Your horses heart rate can be tracked in real time during the session and at the end a detailed chart uses colours to distinguish between different work intensities...
Green = light intensity/ calorie burning (below 110bpm)
Orange = moderate intensity / cardio training (110-170bpm)
Red = high intensity (above 170bpm)
The end of session summary provides information for total calorie expenditure plus average calories burned per minute throughout the session.
Data is provided for maximum speed achieved in either miles per minute or kilometres per hour plus total distance covered.
The App will list the total number of obstacles jumped , trajectory (distance from take off to landing and height). Amount of strides between fences, take off speed, right or left shift patterns and hindlimb push symmetry. The relevance of this data is to better understand your horses effort and therefore fitness requirements.
Symmetry - Measured during trot on a straight line provides a grade in % corresponding to the symmetry on each diagonal pair of legs. This can indicate weakness or lameness before it becomes visible.
Elevation - Corresponds to vertical displacement, data gathered for walk, trot and canter. Learning about your horses elevation helps you understand how to improve it, perfect for extra dressage marks.
Cadence - Number of strides per minute. Regular cadence = better balance, a grading out of 100 is provided for regularity of stride with the aim to to achieve a stable cadence and high regularity.
Sports people from all disciplines and levels are realising the benefits of effective training and development. Even more so for riders where in the past much more emphasis has been placed upon the fitness of the horse. Thankfully, riders are becoming increasingly aware of how their interactions affect the wellbeing of their horses including ridden factors such as weight, posture and balance.
Ever completed a round of show jumps or cross country or even a schooling session and red in the face and blowing more than your horse thought..."My goodness, I need to get fitter if I'm going to do that gain"? Well...Lets do it then!
Your ridden fitness session will be designed after a thorough consultation and with the health and welfare of the horse of paramount importance.
To ensure that the sessions are challenging some unmounted exercises will generally be included. Much like a more "conventional" PT session, the aim is to progress your strength and fitness over a planned period of time with the necessary adaptations being made in order to achieve your goals.
You'll be surprised by a new found purpose behind every ride, whether its schooling, hacking or competing. Having a specific goal for each session creates a whole new outlook and positivity to what ever it is you are looking to achieve with your horse.
First and foremost I should make it clear that my horse and rider fitness programme is not intended to replace coaching/training with a qualified riding instructor.
The purpose of the programme focuses on the development of conditioning for horse or rider or both combined.
Whilst I am not a riding instructor my qualifications include a Bachelors Degree in Equine Science with specialism in Equine Nutrition and a Level 3 Diploma in Equine Psychology. Combined with a CIMSPA and REP's Personal Trainer Registration and NASM certified nutrition coach status, I believe I can offer a unique set of skills in order for you to truly get the most out of both yourself and your horse from a physiological point of view