If you’re an equestrian, you know the importance of maintaining your horse’s health. An injury to a horse, whether it’s during a training run or leaping over a fence during a competition, spells disaster. Even the smallest injuries may go undetected because let’s face it, horses can’t tell us what’s wrong with them. French company Seaver has created a fully connected Girth that not only foresees potential injuries during training but also optimizes your horse’s conditioning.
“Dedicated to those who want to take better care of their horse,” Paris-based Seaver has created the first wearable completely dedicated to equestrian sports. Here is a snapshot of the Seaver Girth’s features and benefits that monitor performance:
• Heart & Breathing Rate (follow horses fitness and training intensity)
• Balanced Dressage training with time spent on each gait (left and right analysis)
• Playback of your jumping path and strides
• Vertical and horizontal jump height to improve your fence approach
• Distance, average, and minimum speed, calories burned
• Long-term performance analysis after series of training sessions
As someone in the industry has experienced, conditioning of an equestrian horse is equally as important as training the rider. Most of the time, performance metrics are isolated to strides between gates and overall times. Seaver has designed smart equipment that gives riders, coaches, and trainers insight into performance and health metrics after every ride.
Whether it’s injury prevention or optimal performance, Seaver’s Girth uses a set of strategically placed sensors on nine axes. Armed with ECG and respiratory sensors, users can tap into Seaver’s iOS/Android companion app to experience live streaming of riding data and the horse’s vitals. From analyzing gallop-speed as it relates to your horse’s heartbeat to measuring peak calorie-burning times, Girth keeps a pulse on the well-being of your horse. Seaver’s entire mission is to safeguard your horse from overtraining and to identify health problems before they become serious.
The Seaver sensors, according to their website, “are capable of detecting anomalies in your horse’s condition, making it possible to immediately identify health problems and notifying the rider, who can then contact a Vet.”
With built-in technology capable of measuring your horse’s stress levels, Seaver has designed a high-tech wearable that gives riders, coaches, and trainers insight into key performance metrics. Easily downloadable to any smartphone, Seaver’s companion app allows for greater insight into heart rate viability, movement, and respiratory rate. You can then tailor your next training session after analyzing the results from previous riding sessions. “You can benchmark more precisely your horse’s condition and better prepare for the next competition.”
Available in eight different sizes, two colors, and made out of premium French leather, the first connected Girth is estimated to ship sometime in February of 2017. Riders have the choice of four different styles: Belly Guards, Anatomical Fit, Low Straps, and Low Straps with Belly Guard. Seaver’s Girth can be used across all horseback-riding disciplines whether it’s Polo or Dressage.