Clients and industry professionals offer their views on equinITy
I’m a trainer who strives to constantly innovate and introduce new ideas into the yard to provide a competitive edge and increase the wellbeing of our horses. Having been involved from the outset in the development of equinITy, it has become an invaluable tool in helping us to achieve our best results in recent seasons both by numbers and quality of winners. equinITy’s evolution to provide stride data in addition to heart rates and GPS information gives us an insight into the horses welfare which would otherwise be impossible to achieve.
Our adventure in Australia with Ruscello was brought to life in no small part by being able to monitor his progress through the equinITy Intelligent Training system.To be able to see sectional times and assess what was going on ‘under the bonnet’ of a horse who was 10,000 miles away certainly gave me a lot more confidence as well as my lass. She was able to see her work on the computer immediately after exercise which helped her carry out instructions to the letter. His win in the Lexus Stakes at Flemington enabled the dream of having a runner in the Melbourne Cup and equinITy certainly helped to smooth the process.
equinITy is an extra pair of eyes and ears on my horses. By collecting data each day I can build up a profile for my horses based on scientific fact as well as my own assessment. This acts as a ‘tip off’ if a horse has worked poorly, or to confirm a horse is ready to race. My filly Egyptian Symbol had a slight temperature after chalking up her second win in a row. After an easy week she had a good gallop on the Tuesday and was not only visually impressive but the data indicated she was back to her old self. The horse is now 3 from 3 and right on track for the $10m Jeep Magic Millions Raceday in January.
Heart rate monitors and GPS devices are now commonly used in all branches of professional and amateur sport to individualise and optimise athletes’ training resulting in improvements in performanceat every level. Easy availability of reliable heart rate and speed data over time for an individual horse provides the best method of monitoring its overall health.This information is always the starting point for the investigation of any subsequent poor performance and from the perspective of a specialist equine cardiologist who is regularly tasked with evaluating these cases, I really look forward to a time when this kind of data is available routinely and not rarely.
I stood and watched my horse complete his final piece of work before due to run the following weekend. He didn’t appear to complete his work with his usual vigour, casting doubt over his participation. The data I collected from equinITy confirmed that his lead horses had gone a touch faster than intended yet his speed, heart rate and recovery data was absolutely in line with the previous data I had collected for him. This was enough to reassure me of the horses well-being and enough to encourage me to allow the horse to run. When the horse won the race we were obviously thrilled and more so as without this data may not have taken him to the races that day
Having used the equinITy system for a number of years I am delighted that the stride monitoring and live streaming components are now available. Access to accurate speed, heart rate and stride data via equinITy allows me to make decisions based on scientific facts as well as my instinct.I was thrilled with Mubtaahij’s win in the UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup night. We used the new equinITy device on him in the build up to the Derby, which was a great help. Not only did he look amazing physically, but his data backed up exactly what I was seeing in front of me. His work showed that he could cruise at a high speed with a long stride length allowing him to conserve energy and thus quicken off a strong pace, which is exactly what he did on the big night.
The data collected by the equinITy for Dandino during his exploits in Australia and Hong Kong has been accessible to me not only at home in Newmarket, but also whilst I have been travelling to the various yearling sales and other International race meetings since his departure. Along with Paul Francis, who has accompanied Dandino, I have been able to tailor his training with the help of the information that equinITy provides, confident in the knowledge that his health and fitness have been at their optimum. His consistency has been testament to this.
Sam Twiston-Davies Testimonial (Channel 4 UK)
Richard Davis Award Feature - (Channel 4 UK)
Mike de Kock Kentucky Derby Coverage (ESPN USA)
Richard Hughes New Training Base (Channel 4 UK)
equinITy Promotional Video (Equine Productions)