How to use the BLACKDOG
EQUESTRIAN BIOMECHANICS app

Screen casts showing how to use the latest version of the app

LIVE RIDER BIOMECHANICS

Track the movement of your rider using nothing more than your phone. No markers, no jackets, no hassle!

Simply open the app, click Biomechanics >> New Assessment >> Rider - Live  and point your phone at the rider. That's all there is to it.

To record, press the blue Start Recording button and press the red Stop Recording button when you're done. 

A window will pop up asking what you want to call the video, along with the option to Save and Continue (saves the video and biomechanics results, but keeps you on the live capture screen) or Save and View Results (saves video and biomechanics results and sends you through to the results page) or to Cancel (does not save the video or biomechanics results and keeps you on the live capture screen)

Couldn't be more simple! Later on you can add more details about the assessment, such as the rider and the horse.

RIDER BIOMECHANICS from a VIDEO

If you've already got a video of a rider, or if you want to do the assessment in slow-mo, then this option is for.

Open the app, click Biomechanics >> New Assessment >> Rider - Video. If you haven't got any riders registered on the app yet, you'll be taken to the Add a Rider page. Simply enter the name of the rider and click Add, then you'll be taken back to the video assessment page.

Give the assessment a short reference name. Avoid using spaces or characters like '-' or '_'. Just use numbers and letters.

Next select the rider from the list (or add a new rider by clicking add rider) then mark if the video shows the rider in walk, trot, canter, or (if it's a mix of paces) mixed. 

You can also choose if you'd like the tracked video to show colour-coding for Dressage performance (so the rider's position is compared to the "perfect" Dressage position) or to just be marked for reference. Obviously if you're jumping and you select the Dressage performance option, there is going to be a lot of red because the correct jumping position is very very different from the Dressage position! We are working on bringing you a jumping position analysis, so stay tuned!

Next, click select video and choose your video from the gallery. Then click submit and your video will begin processing. The time it takes to process will depend on how long your video is, so be patient. You can continue to use the app to run horse biomechanics assessments and see results, but you won't be able to run another rider assessment or a live assessment until the first video has finished processing.

It's important that you do not close the app while the video is processing as it will stop!

HORSE BIOMECHANICS

Track your horse's movement using just your phone. No need to stick any markers to him. Just tack up, film and upload...

YOU WILL NEED AN INTERNET CONNECTION TO RUN THE HORSE BIOMECHANICS!

You will first need to film the horse and rider. There is no option currently for live tracking for the horse. There's a full guide on how to video to get the best results for this system both on the app and here. In short, you need to film from the side and the horse needs to be ridden. We don't offer an in-hand biomechanics assessment currently.

Once you've got your video, open the app, click Biomechanics >> New Assessment >> Horse - Video. If you haven't got any horses registered on the app yet, you'll be taken to the Add a Horse page. Simply enter the name of the horse (stable names work best) and click Add, then you'll be taken back to the video assessment page.

Give the assessment a short reference name. Avoid using spaces or characters like '-' or '_'. Just use numbers and letters.

Next select the horse from the list (or add a new horse by clicking add horse) then mark if the video shows the horse in walk, trot, canter, or (if it's a mix of paces) mixed. 

Next set if the horse is facing left or right in the video. As set out in the filming guide, the app can only track a horse on once rein at once. You can set the app to only track a part of the video. So for example if you've got a 20s long video and the first 10 seconds the horse is on the left rein, then you could set it to just analyse from 0 to 10s on the left rein.

Next, click select video and choose your video from the gallery. Then click submit and your video will begin uploading. The upload time will depend on the strength of your internet connection and how long your video is. Once the video is uploaded (at which point you'll receive a notification), it'll begin processing on our secure remote server. Generally a 10s video takes about 3 minutes to process. You'll get another notification when it's done and you can see the results.

You can upload multiple videos at once and you can also close the app while they're processing without affecting it.

We'd like to stress that this analysis is all about equitation, and not designed as a lameness detector.