We are all, always trying to use data, or some app to help us track our horsey things. Conveniently, today’s world helps us out with smart phone apps that can do just about everything from tracking feedings, to tracking or tracing trails, and even smart phone lessons. The question that I am always struggling with is, “Is this app actually worth my time?” I often wish the reviews in the comments were by other horse people.
Below I have picked a horse related app to review for fun. Feel free to use the template to review your own horse related app, and who knows, maybe we could end up with our own database of the best reviewed/ most useful horse apps as recommended by horse people!
APP NAME: Equisense - Motion
APP PLATFORMS: Apple / Android
APP DESCRIPTION: This app collects data about the rider and horse through their Equisense Motion device that is attached to the horse’s girth. In many ways this app is like a fitbit for your horse, however, the app has many features that are useful even without shelling out the hefty 395€ or $490 USD. Because of its usefulness, I am reviewing the free lessons and horse data only.
Lunge the horse on a 15-20m wide circle. Vary the diamerter and the gait. If needed you can youse training aids (side reins, gouge…etc).
Let the horse work without the rider’s weight. Let the horse express himself more freely. Observe his “natural” locomotion.
When lunging we have the tendency to minimize the time spent at walk. It is as important as when the horse is ridden. Pay attention to the left hand/right hand ratio.
As you might imagine, this would be useful with the sensor, because you would have an accurate number on your horses flexion left/right. That is what the author of the lesson refers to when asking the individual to pay attention to left hand/right hand ratios. However, you don’t need a sensor to remind you of this.
I very much appreciate that this is app is chalk filled with free lessons to help newer riders, such as myself, or riders that might be burnt out, with lesson ideas. Often I have found myself performing an action with Jean-Luc but I am not always 100% sure why we’re doing it or what it will help. This provides focused ideas right in your pocket!
APP FEATURES CONT.
Free – The App itself is free. You can literally use every part of this app other than the sensor data without having the sensor. Many things you can even input manually.
*Reminder: the sensor will run you around $490USD.
(1-10 pts. | 1 = Not Satisfied | 10 = Extremely Satisfied)
APP OVERALL SATISFACTION SCORE: 8
I can't give this a 10 because I would need to utilize the full app. That said the parts that I am able to use I have trouble thinking of improvements.
APP USER INTUITIVENESS: 8
This app does a nice job of making it easy to add information about your horse. It doesn’t require a whole lot of thought / trial and error to figure out how to use it. The only reason the score isn't higher is that you do still have to type everything in, and that can be time consuming, especially because there are so many options in the health and care sections, you may enter one thing, and realize you would have rather placed it somewhere else. This is a simple learning curve, but nevertheless.
APP AESTHETIC: 10
Of all the apps out there this app’s one of the prettier ones to look at, in my opinion. It makes great use of font, white space, and reduces clutter. I have opened this app on both an iPhone and an iPad only to discover seamless flow between the two. Compared to what is currently on the market, this app's very easy on the eyes.
WHAT I WOULD CHANGE:
THIS APP DOES WHAT IT SAYS IT SHOULD: YES | NO
DO I PERSONALLY USE THIS APP (If yes, how long?): YES | NO - one week.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS APP TO OTHERS: YES | NO
WERE YOU ENDORSED IN ANY WAY TO WRITE THIS REVIEW? YES | NO
My name is Chelsey.
Generator's Cuevo Gold, or as he's known around this barn, "Jean-Luc Ponycard", was foaled in 2004 from Generator's Hurricane & Cheyenne's Little Bit.
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