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Monitoring your racehorses’ training is essential. Not only does it allow you to optimize their work, but it is also a medical prevention tool. Thus, training monitoring is beneficial in terms of performance, health and consequently also in financial terms. However, performing a quality follow-up sometimes requires time that you may not have. This is why it might be relevant for you, as a trainer, to integrate a training monitoring tool into your routine. Indeed, technologies that allow you to carry out relevant sports medical follow-up are nowadays available on the market.

Why choose to integrate a racehorses’ training monitoring tool?

To support your gut feeling and complete your expertise

Optimize training and exploit your horses’ potential 

Training individualisation is essential to maximize performance. However in practice you train several horses at the same time, and it can be difficult to focus on the needs of each one. Integrating a training quantification tool allows you to solve this problem by collecting relevant information on each of your horses: how do they manage their workload, what are their weaknesses, how do they recover after the effort… Knowing the answer to these questions is a key step to carry out efficient training sessions adapted to the specific needs of each horse. Integrating a sensor like Equimetre into your training routine is a way to optimize your training.

Make optimal decisions

Knowing each of your horses’ specific strengths and weaknesses not only helps you to train them efficiently, but also gives you the keys to make optimal decisions. Should you readjust the workload? Is this horse capable of winning this or that race? By crossing the figures with your feelings, you complete your expertise and get a 360° vision to make the best possible decisions about entering a race or adapting a training program. Thus, a sensor like Equimetre offers you the data to objectivze your gut feeling and consequently reduce the uncertainty.

Example – Adapting the race distance

Some research show the interest in modeling a horse’s race distance using locomotion data. Thus, we could theoretically use the measurement of a horse’s stride frequency to determine his ideal distance. Although it may not appear to be a big deal, extending 100 or 200m to the regular race distance might help a horse’s season in specific circumstances. 

➡️ Discover here Arionea’s story, a mare who perform in races once her trainer started to enter her in races with distance matching her abilities. 

To achieve savings

Offer a new service to your clients

A quantification tool also means new opportunities for your clients. Thanks to data, owners can remotely follow their horses’ evolution  in training. They are more easily involved in the training and it becomes easier for you to communicate about a horse’s performance or abilities. In this way, you can add a fee to the horse’s monthly invoice. Indeed, as a trainer, you can offer Equimetre data communication as an additional service which is the ability to follow trainings accurately and remotely.

Owners are not necessarily near the training center, so they can’t see their horses every week. With Equimetre, they can use the data from the sensor. Everything is sent to their email address. They can follow their horse’s training and also ask questions based on the results. It allows them to be involved in the training, they are really part of the team.

Erwan Grall
Trainer and Equimetre user since 2020

Prevent injuries within the stable and therefore reduce veterinary costs

In addition to facilitating communication with owners, the use of Equimetre contributes to the prevention of injuries. Indeed, it is essential to follow your racehorses to ensure their good physical condition since some respiratory or cardiac pathologies are not detectable by the naked eye. By offering a service like Equimetre to your owners, you are also offering to carry out an in-depth medical follow-up. By evaluating the horse’s locomotion or physiological response to effort in real conditions, you can detect abnormalities before they become irreversible or before it is too late. 

In addition to monitoring their horse’s trainings, Equimetre allows owners to save on veterinary fees by acting before it becomes too late. Training monitoring is therefore a communication service but also a medical one that can be invoiced.

How to integrate a training monitoring tool into your routine?

Equine sensor utilization

Choose a suitable sensor

The first step is to choose a quantification tool. It is essential to find a solution adapted to the horse for daily use. Data collection must be done in a way that respects the integrity and the well-being of horses, in a painless and comfortable way. Moreover, as the goal of this tool is naturally to help you monitor the your racehorses’ training, it is essential to choose a solution that will be easily integrated into your training routine. Indeed, with a large number of horses in charge, it is important to find a sensor that is practical in the field, easy and quick to install.

Set-up the monitoring

Once you have chosen the appropriate quantification tool, it is a matter of integrating it into your daily routine. The objective is to collect qualified and analyzable data. Globally, the evaluation of performance and health is based on three families of data: cardiac, speed and locomotion data. In order to do a relevant follow-up, it is important to collect data regularly during training sessions. In the end, you should have enough data to be able to compare the figures between more or less similar training sessions and thus analyze your horses’ work. 

Data analysis

Read the data

After training, it’s time to review and analyze the data. This step being sometimes complex, at Arioneo, we have imagined for you an intuitive platform that facilitates the analysis work. Indeed, on the Equimetre platform you will find features that allow you to review the training of your horses, to create comparison tables, to choose which data you want to analyze…

Example – Review the trainings

Thanks to the Equimetre map, you can review your horses’ trainings. Indeed, you can see a point symbolizing your horse evolving according to the pace or speed. Move the cursor along the scroll bar if you want to find a point of interest. Press play and pause to see the progress of the point and the evolution of the data on the right side of the map.

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Example – Equimetre Analytics Premium

Equimetre Analytics Premium works like an excel spreadsheet that allows you to realize a more detailed and advanced analysis of the collected data. The objective is to facilitate horses and trainings comparisons thanks to filters: you can choose which horse you want to follow, which indicators you want to see…

racehorse performance data collected with equimetre

Personalized support

Depending on the time you have available, your appetite for technology and your knowledge of sports science, it may be wise to approach a solution with personalized support. Indeed, the handling of these technologies can be complex if it is not properly done. Moreover, in order not to drown in too much information from the beginning, it is important to follow a training that will allow you to identify the parameters that will answer your questions, and meet your initial needs. 

Finally, always with the aim of making things easier for you, we accompany you in the analysis of the data. On our website or our social networks, you can find a multitude of content ranging from case studies to analysis reports to answer your questions and illustrate the use of Equimetre in practice. Moreover, in our offers you benefit from a personalized support with a dedicated contact who helps you in the analysis of the data and is available at any time to answer your questions. 

➡️ To get an idea of the analysis reports you are likely to receive, we invite you to click here.

Keywords: training monitoring tool, optimize training, equimetre, sensor, racehorse monitoring, data analysis