Wearable Equine Monitors
Tracking More than Horse Steps
July 23, 2020
With the help of smartphones and other wellness trackers, we’re able to stay on top of our vital stats throughout the day. This information is important in maintaining our health and well-being. The same goes for wearable equine monitors. Keeping up with your horse’s vitals is not only useful knowledge but also imperative during training and certain milestones.
Types of Wearable Equine Monitors
Just as there are different varieties of trackers for human use to check our vitals, sleep patterns, workouts, and other stats, there are different options for horses as well. Here are some of the general features to look for:
- Placement. Where the monitor is placed depends on what you want to track. Some are meant to be worn on the leg to track movement. Others are worn on rugs, bibs, girth straps, collars, and under the saddle to monitor a range of statistics.
- Durability. Since your horse will most likely wear the monitor outside and around the field or training area, it needs to withstand water, shock, and different temperatures.
- Data sharing. Since the horse can’t tell you what the tracker says, there needs to be a user-friendly application connected for the owner and/or trainer to collect and share the data. It’s also helpful to receive alerts from the devices when it detects something out of range.
Training a horse takes a lot of work for both the animal and trainer. To make things a little easier, there are monitors to help evaluate the situation. Certain apps have the capability to monitor the following stats to help keep you in the know and ensure your horse stays comfortable during what could be a stressful time:
- Sleep and stress levels
- Temperature and sweat level
- Heart rate monitor
- Recovery time
- Calories burned
- Distance and speed
- Gait and stride analytics
- Left/right lead and jumping height and effort
With this information readily available, it’s easier to spot possible issues and track progress after an injury.
Whether the horse is in the stables, pasture, or ring, there’s always a reason to check-in. Some wearable monitors are outfitted with motion sensors and GPS to always keep track of where your horse is, even if you’re not on the property.
Apps provide you with detailed data on the horse it’s tracking and should also have the ability to easily share this information with other users—such as a yard manager, vet, groomer, or family member.
Monitoring is more useful when you receive stats in real-time. Some monitors include a live-streaming feature that notifies you of up-to-the-minute stats from anywhere in the world. This is especially helpful during races, show, and breeding season.
If you’re ready to learn more about your horse and want to always keep their well-being in check, consider one of the many available wearable equine monitors for your horse’s health and your peace of mind.