After thoughtful consideration, you’ve decided to begin your EQUIMETRE journey and and start gathering data on your racehorses. Congratulations! This is fantastic news, but in order to involve your team in data collection, you must first develop a rigorous and thorough organisation. Because they are in constant contact with your horses, it is possible that your training riders will be in charge of placing the sensor according to your instructions. Nothing is more crucial than involving them in this new project.
This article will provide you with some easy ideas for successfully using EQUIMETRE within your training system.
1. Organise and delegate responsibility for data collection
Installation is an important phase in data collection because if the sensor is not correctly installed, the data will be useless and the database development will be slowed. The EQUIMETRE sensor is relatively easy to use, but it is critical to follow the few steps required for successful installation. Of course, we give a range of materials to assist you in getting started with the solution.
Data collection: the onboarding
The goal of the first onboarding is to make you as independent as feasible. When you become an Arioneo customer, your Data Success Manager will contact you to introduce the product and explain how to get started with EQUIMETRE. He will also try to reach the data collector you have designated. Typically, our clients ask their head lad or assistant to oversee the sensor installation in the morning. This entails multiple things: either he will always be the one to place the sensors on the correct horses, or he can teach your team, allowing them to become autonomous.
This step is very important, as we usually add this person to the WhatsApp groups with technical support and your Data Success Manager.
This simplifies the management of your account, as well as your internal organisation. Your head lad will be able to interact directly with our team, without having an intermediary.
2. Involve all staff in the collection, but also in the role of the data
The second, and arguably most critical, step is to train your whole team on how to use this new technology. Riders may be bothered by the placement of this sensor in their daily lives. It is an additional chore that must be completed before riding the horse in the morning. It is therefore critical to explain the tool’s utility in order to capture their interest in the relevance of data collection and analysis.
Explain your approach
In order to involve all your staff, one of the first steps is to explain your approach. Why have you decided to use such a technology? If your riders understand the usefulness of EQUIMETRE, they will feel more committed to its installation.
Simply put, you can present EQUIMETRE as a connected tool that collects heart rate, speed, GPS, and locomotion data to monitor and optimise the training of horses. It is also a preventive tool, to monitor the appearance of early signs of pathologies.
Train riders to install the product
Once your Data Success Manager has made contact with you and the person in charge of installing the sensors, you will be able to train the rest of your team so that everyone is autonomous in the installation of EQUIMETRE. To do this, we advise that you get everyone together for about ten minutes and explain how to install the sensor step by step. We also provide you with installation instructions and videos.
Share some data to help your staff improve their riding skills
Nothing works better than sharing statistics to engage riders in the use of EQUIMETRE. Some of our users share printed training reports or send them over WhatsApp groups. On the one hand, the rider may compare his feelings to factual statistics. Was he going too fast? Did he feel his horse oxygenate properly and at the appropriate time? Was the horse in its normal physical condition? The data helps him to validate all of his feelings. On the other hand, it allows them to ensure that they have followed your instructions and makes them accountable for the horse’s speed.
Finally, the data also allows them to quantify the progress of their protege. This can be a new challenge for them, but also a reward to see that their horse has made good progress.
Offer your riders to download the Live applications
Another way to involve your staff is to tell them to download the Live Equimetre Application, so that they can follow the heart rate when they are riding. This way, they can monitor their horse’s recovery in real time, and alert you in case they spot an anomaly.
Share the different available resources for training
Finally, the investment must also include curiosity and the desire to acquire new knowledge. Aware that understanding the different principles of equine physiology can be complex, we endeavour to provide numerous resources to facilitate the reading and interpretation of data.
Finally, involving your riders begins with creating an understanding of the product. Defining its aim and the advantages it will provide to the stable and your riders is an important first step. This knowledge then assists in the involvement of your staff. Such equipment comes with a cost, so it is necessary to take care of it, especially if your riders wish to receive training reports or monitor data in real time. A sensor that has been improperly installed will not gather data.
Key words: data collection / Equimetre / stables / training