Collecting data during training provides objective support for decision-making. Each type of data can be used in specific situations. EQUIMETRE customers use the data according to their needs and expectations. We have detailed a few examples of concrete cases.

Objectively assess the fitness of your horses

Data collected during training help quantifying the workload supported by a horse in an objective way. What was the most difficult part of the training? How efficiently did the energy metabolism got going? Cardio data evolution during training provides an objective help in understanding how and when the required effort was made.

The speed data at each moment of the training completes the feeling of the rider and the trainer who can get a clearer picture of the physical abilities and accelerations.

objectively assess the fitness of horses
prevent risk of injury

Prevent the risk of injury

Heart rate monitors can detect a sudden and unexplained increase in HR. It can be a sign of pain, stress or fear. Peaks in heart rate or unusual heart rate during warm-up can be warning signs of pathologies or overtraining.

The veterinarian might then decide to analyse the horse’s ECG during exercise if the recovery parameters deteriorate even slightly. Arrhythmias, possible indicators of heart diseases, and discomfort can all be detected using an ECG.  Symmetry and regularity data can be used to track locomotor stride health. They can open the trail of discomfort when combined with cardiac data.

Investigating underperformance

Just like human athletes, racehorses can experience a drop in performance. To investigate it as effectively as possible, extracting the ECG from the most recent training sessions and analyzing the most recent cardiac and locomotion data is a starting point. By treating the problem quickly and early on, we avoid endangering the horse’s health. The veterinarian can then carry out the actions that will help the horse to regain its racing optimal level as quickly as possible.
investigating underperformance
physical and physiological condition of horses before a race

Identify the optimal fitness level to race

During the last training before a race, the physical and physiological condition of the horse on a specific type of exercise can be assessed. If the race went well, the data collected earlier is a reference. It allows to prepare the next race serenely in the same conditions. On the contrary, if the race went badly, this data will be goals to exceed so that the next race goes better.

Discover our use cases

These downloadable contents provide data analysis. They combine theoretical concepts and real-life stories to better understand the role of EQUIMETRE.

Investigate racehorse underpeformance

underperformance racehorses

Detect a heart failure thanks to data

underperformance racehorses

Analyse an abnormal high HRmax

underperformance racehorses

Adapt the training of an undertrained horse

Case study frontpage - how to adapt the undertrained racehorse's training

Selecting the right distance by analysing the locomotor profile

Analysing locomotion helps to identify the horse’s acceleration process thanks to the measurement of stride frequency and stride length parameters. The higher a horse’s stride frequency, the less time he’ll need to reach his top speed. Horses with a high stride frequency, sprinters, will perform better in short-distance races. On the contrary, horses with a low stride frequency, like stayers and milers, have a longer acceleration time. A long distance is more suitable for this type of horses.
Assessing the ability to hold the speed will be key to compare horses.

selecting the right distance by analysing locomotor profil
We tried to extend the racing distance of one of my horses, Fast and Fearless. The aim was to get him to a stayer, on 1400m and 1600m races. However, looking at his data collected by EQUIMETRE (stride frequency and stride length), we jumped him back to 6 furlongs races and he’s won his last few starts.
James Peters

Group 2 and 3 racehorse trainer in Singapore , Hardwicke Racing

prepare a race with objective data

Prepare a race with objective data

Knowing your horses’ split times on the best 200, 400 and 600m allows you to assess whether a horse is ready to run a particular race. When a horse has a better time in the 600m than the previous winner of the targeted race, you can assume that this horse is a potential winner. Of course, it is important to bear in mind that other parameters matter. The horse’s fitness, his recovery at T moment and the type of track are also to be taken into account and EQUIMETRE allows you to measure them.

Follow-up of young horses

Daily monitoring of the parameters of a young racehorse allows you to follow the evolution of his performance thanks to the data collected during the first months of his training. It provides a reference for analysing the progress accomplished. Young horses do not react to the increased workload in the same way. The knowledge reference parameters for each horse allows the training to be individualised according to the different needs. 

follow up young horses
Racing has always been a sport of opinions: that’s what it’s based on. I’ve always been wanting to push the boundaries of “why” that opinion is the right decision or the wrong decision. By curating a sports science division, we’ve made a commitment to this, and we’re already starting to see the results on the track.
Ciaron Maher

Australian Racehorse Trainer, G1 Cox Plate winner

standardized effort test

Carry out a standardised exercise to assess the fitness of the yard

Once all the horses are ready to work on speed, a standardised test can be carried out. Performing the same exercise under the same conditions with all the horses of the stable allows comparisons to be made based on comparable data. The speed ability and fitness of each horse are quantified. This is also a way to highlight the different locomotor profiles of the stable. It can be repeated several times during the season in order to evaluate the progress of each horse during an exercise in the same conditions (same track, weather, duration etc.).

Facilitate the communication with owners and veterinarians

EQUIMETRE is a valuable tool for collaboration around a racehorse. Trainers, veterinarians, owners, researchers, share performance and health information, exploiting data that supports each one’s missions.
Thanks to a system of linked accounts, information can be sent to each of the stakeholders and the Equimetre platform is at the crossroads of measures taken for the well-being and success of the horse.
communciation of the environment of a racehirse

Thanks to EQUIMETRE we have additional parameters on the analysis of the performance and work of the horses. If the trainer can sometimes be subjective, the machine remains objective. With the analysis of the objective data completed by a subjective feeling, we can make correct decisions.

Mikel Delzangles

French racehorse trainer