If you are reading this, then you are already a part of the technology used at Gale’s Equine Facility.
We are very involved with the internet with our webpage and Facebook.
I maintain a Facebook “Closed Group” on which I share educational information with my students.
I also maintain a Facebook page to share general knowledge, event dates and funny or interesting stories. This page is a public page.
Lesson schedules are sent out, via email, weekly and daily to my lesson clientele along with information of value. Boarders also get informational emails regarding upcoming farrier or vet visits.
Every lesson is recorded via a webcam from which I can forward videos to my students for their review.
I also have a helmet cam and a Soloshot2 that is used during lessons. Soloshot 2 is an outdoor “robot cam” that automatically videotapes the rider who is wearing the “tag”.
On order is my new Soloshot3, which is an indoor-use “robot cam” . This system is due to be shipped out to buyers in late March 2017. I was one of the preliminary buyers of the system to help get the company off the ground with their new technology, and I will be one of the first to get my new Soloshot 3. I will set this unit up along side of the mid-arena, and the camera will automatically follow and video the rider wearing the tag. This system will, wirelessly, send its image directly to the internet or record the same on its memory card for later download.
<<< Soloshot 3 will be here soon! Read more about this technology here.
More exciting is our Rein Coach (RC) devices and our Rein Tension (RT) Device. Both the RC and RT units have small sensor packages that clip onto the bit of the horse, and then the reins connect to the other side of the sensor packages. Both systems are calibrated to measure the amount of “pull” that is going on between the horse’s mouth and the rider’s hands. They are very sensitive units. We use them to illustrate to the rider on how “bouncy” their hands may be. We use them to illustrate to the rider on how to maintain a light, steady contact. As an instructor, I use the devices to give clear information to the rider to improve the use of the hand aids in compliment to their leg aids.
The Rein Coach has a LED light bar, that is connected to the crown of the horse’s bridle. There are lights on the bar that are triggered by the amount and “heaviness” of the rein tension. We aim to have a steady, even light contact by keeping the two first green lights on continuously. The more lights that come on, the heavier the contact.
<<<Here is the Rein Coach mounted on Toby’s bridle. Click here to watch a short video of me using the Rein Coaches during one of my lessons.
The Rein Tension Device (IPOS by Centaur) does not have a light bar, but sends a signal to my laptop computer upon which I can watch an active graph and bar chart that is recording the action happening between the horse’s mouth and the rider’s hands. The graphs read in kg. I have, already on order, the upgrade to this unit which will allow me to operate the device from my iPhone. I’m looking forward to the delivery of this unit.
Obviously, this is a great training tool for the dressage rider, but my hunt seat riders benefit from the units as well. For example, when we work over fences, and I’m asking for a full release of the reins, we look to see that the Rein Coach’s lights stay off, or the lines on the graphs of the Rein Tension Device, go to zero.
When teaching dressage, and if I need a rider to tweak their hand aids, I can advise them to perhaps, increase the tension in a rein until the next LED light comes on. My clients have marveled on how much this exact science, and instant visual feedback helps them. Of course, learning how to hold a steady contact is a true must for improving the communications with a horse.
Both the RC and RT have been wonderful assets to my teaching program here at Gale’s. I am available to work with riders here at Gale’s (haul ins for lessons are welcomed), to analyze and improve the communications that you have with your horse. I can, sometimes, be available to travel to other stables for clinics and lessons with my equipment. Please contact me for additional information about that.
This is the Soloshot 2 unit…..
This is the Centaur Rein Tension Device
This is a typical computer screen that I see when a student is using the Centaur Rein Tension Device.
A picture and a video are worth many words of teaching. I enjoy providing videos to my students to help them to understand…and to show them just how great they really are doing!