Thursday, July 14, 2016 - Sarah Bishop Sarah Bishop

The New Scientist reports that a new device, called the Equimètre and developed by start-up Arioneo in Paris, France, has been designed to reduce injuries and help trainers to hone a horse’s performance:

The Equimètre’s sensor fits into the girth – a strap around a horse’s middle that keeps the saddle on. This records physiological data such as temperature and heart and respiratory rate – plus information about the animal’s movement such as acceleration and speed. The device also monitors environmental conditions, such as humidity. A trainer can view the data in real time via an app.

There are existing smart devices for racehorses that capture this kind of data. But the Equimètre then runs the stats through algorithms that compare them with past performances.

“A trainer’s eye is very important and we do not want to replace their expertise,” says Arioneo co-founder Valentin Rapin, “but this tool will give trainers information they don’t have today.”

Rather than just showing an increase in heart rate, for example, the device can put this into context and tell the trainer what it means for that particular horse in those particular conditions. “It can prevent overtraining,” says Rapin.

Rapin and his colleagues plan to launch the Equimètre in early 2017.

Hervé Moreau, a horse vet based in La Ferté-Saint-Cyr, France, welcomes the device. “The early detection of locomotion problems can only improve diagnosis,” he says. “Similarly, optimising the training programme will reduce the risk of stress fractures.”

Source: New Scientist

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