How-to Guides

A series of instructions and videos demonstrating how to use each of the app's features.

Checkout our YouTube channel for more detailed videos plus lots more content.

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.

PS the live rider tracking will also track someone off-horse, so why not give it a quick try!

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 you.

**Note that this is currently not an option on the Android version

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

We're currently working to bring you live horse tracking, like we offer for the rider, so stay tuned!

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.

Understanding the Rider Biomechanics Results

Instructions on how to find the rider results as well as some guidance on what the results *actually* mean

Simply open the app, click Biomechanics >> Rider Results .

 

If you've not used the app before, then there will be no results to show. If you're using the new version (7.0) for the first time, the app will automatically import your previous results which may take a few seconds.

You can choose to see Individual results, watch the video, Compare results back-to-back or Track results over time.

Watch the video for more guidance, or for more information within the app, click Biomechanics >> How it works >> About the rider results

Understanding the Horse Biomechanics Results

As well as developing live tracking for the horses, we're busy doing the research to offer more detailed interpretation of the horse biomechanics results

Instructions on how to find the horse's biomechanics results as well as some guidance on what the results mean

Simply open the app, click Biomechanics >> Horse Results .

 

If you've not used the app before, then there will be no results to show. If you're using the new version (7.0) for the first time, the app will automatically import your previous results which may take a few seconds.

You can choose to see Individual results, watch the video, Compare results back-to-back or Track results over time.

Watch the video for more guidance, or for more information within the app, click Biomechanics >> How it works >> About the horse results

Sharing Results

Whether it's with a friend, a client or your trainer, you're probably going to want to share your biomechanics results at some point.

Once you've got either a rider or a horse biomechanics result, you can share it directly through the app with a contact by clicking (for a rider) Biomechanics >> Rider Results >> Share Result

You can then select the contact you want to share with and the results from your list that you want to share.

If you haven't added a contact yet, you can do so through the Share Result screen by clicking add contact. You'll just need the email address that they registered with the app and their name and that's it. You can also add a contact through the My Account page or by adding an email address when you add a new rider to your account.

If you want to share with someone who hasn't registered with the app, you can still add them as a contact. You'll be able to send a limited summary of the results, including the videos, via email from within the app.

You will need either a Basic or Pro subscription to be able to share results.

Rider-focused Training

The app automatically gives suggestions for exercises and stretches designed to help improve a rider's performance based off of their biomechanics results.

Suggested exercises will appear underneath the rider biomechanics results (if you're subscribed). Simply click on the name of an exercise to see it's full details.

The app also features a page discussing various parts of a rider's position, including some common issues along with a series of stretches and exercises that can help. To access this, click Training >> For the Rider >> Position Specific Exercises

 

Alternatively, you can see the full list (if you're subscribed) of all exercises by clicking Training >> For the Rider >>All Stretches & Exercises

 

The app also contains some training plans comprising lists of exercises all designed to help with a specific issue. Some plans feature only one exercise and are designed to be done for an increasing length of time over the course of days or weeks. Other plans are just collections of workouts. You can see the plans by clicking Training >> For the Rider >> Rider Training Plans

Schooling Exercises and Training Plans

The app has a full library of schooling exercises that are updated regularly. This guide shows you how to navigate the plans, create your own collections of schooling exercises in your library as well as how to access the training plans.

To access all schooling exercises, click Training >> For the Horse >> Choose an Exercise. Exercises are categorised by level: Basic, Easy, Moderate, Intermediate, Challenging and Advanced. These are approximately similar to BD's test levels. However, many of the basic exercises are great warm ups for advanced horses and, on the flip side, some of the more advanced level exercises are great introductions to new movements.

You can filter exercises by keyword (such as rhythm, suppleness, or specific movements such as leg yield or shoulder in), pace, and trainer. We aim to have a range of exercises on the app from a range of different trainers so that there's something to help every horse and rider.

 

You can create your own collection of these schooling exercises using the My Library feature. You'll also be able to create your own exercises soon - we're just working on improving that feature at the moment.

Finally, you can see all the training plans by clicking

can see the full list (if you're subscribed) of all exercises by clicking Training >> For the Horse >> Training Plans

You will need either a Basic or Pro  subscription to see the full range of exercises and training plans.