Sunday, May 3, 2009

iPhone Applications for the Sport Horse Industry

A few weeks ago, our favorite social media news blog, Mashable, wrote about Five Great iPhone Apps for Pet Owners. It was a fun post and we started to wonder what kind of apps are out there to support equine enthusiasts and sport horse professionals. Equine-oriented apps, it turns out, are a quickly growing segment of new applications for the iPhone or iPod Touch. In this feature post, we’ll discuss a few of the currently offered applications, a few that are coming soon, and put out some ideas for apps that we think would be useful for the sport horse community.

iPhone Applications for the Sport Horse Industry   iPhone Applications for the Sport Horse Industry

Currently Available Applications

EquiApps.com
The first apps we found were from a Canadian company called Equiapps.com. Equiapps.com currently offers three applications – EquiCalc, a digital calculation of horse body weight; EquiTempo, a digital metronome for dressage training; and EquiList, a digital checklist of to-do items for shows and events. We chose to purchase EquiCalc ($.99 through the iTunes App Store), as we have been harboring a weight estimate for our VERY LARGE  4 y.o. gelding Fitch, but thought it would be interesting to see what the EquiCalc formula came up with. For supplements and medications, we always assume he’s 1300 pounds.

iPhone Applications for the Sport Horse Industry   fitch girth

Out at the barn, we measured Fitch’s heartgirth and body length (the same way you measure for a blanket) and selected “Horse,” as opposed to “Weanling” or “Yearling,” on the EquiCalc screen. (“Behemoth” is not an available choice.) At 80″ x 69″, EquiCalc estimated Fitch’s weight at 1380. While pleased that the calculation was so similar to our horseman’s estimate, we were disappointed that the app does not have a way to save measurements for a single horse or for multiple horses.

We was also curious about EquiTempo ($1.99),with it’s walk, trot and canter metronome settings that are adjustable in tempo. While we didn’t give this one a try, the reviews for EquiTempo in the App Store are overall positive, with one rider questioning whether the digital metronome sound might be mistaken by some horses as a cluck. This could obviously be avoided by wearing ear buds, but we’re aware that the use of headphones while riding is a contentious subject.

iPhone Applications for the Sport Horse Industry

We also didn’t try EquiList but the App Store reviews are fairly positive. The main suggestions from users are designations for discipline-specific lists and a process for saving custom list items.

With three applications currently available, EquiApps.com seems to be the segment leader in creating sport horse oriented apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It will be interesting to see what they come up with next…hopefully they’ll take a look at our list of ideas below!

Upcoming Applications

EquestrianApps.com
Another company, EquestrianApps.com, offers two apps – TrailLogger and Dressage Tests. The Dressage Tests app was previously released on iTunes, but has been taken down to reversion and address reported bugs and errors. The upcoming release, currently awaiting Apple’s approval, will also add Level 3 and Level 4 tests to the application. We think this could be a very useful application so stay tuned…I’ll keep you posted on its release.

HorseGirlTV
Another upcoming iPhone App release is HorseGirlTV, a popular online series focusing on news and education for the equine industry.  The HorseGirlTv app will deliver the website’s content, including its popular “webisode” videos, to a user’s iPhone and iPod Touch. For you fans of HorseGirlTV and its host Angelea, we’ll put out an update when the HorseGirlTV app is available for download.

More Ideas for Apps

None of the equine iPhone apps currently available or in development addressed the things that we think would be really useful to have in a portable application:

USEF Rule Book Application
Does anyone get the 3 ring binder version of the rule book anymore??? Both USEF and USDF have done a great job of making their rule books available online, but wouldn’t a rule book iPhone app be a great, portable resource for trainers, stewards, horse show managers, and judges?

Health Care Management Application
Whether it’s one or more personal horses or, for trainers, managing herd health, keeping track of vaccinations and worming, supplements, and medications is time consuming and unwieldy. Could an iPhone app keep track of worming and vaccination calendars, medication dates and dosages, and even feed charts?

Show and Event Calendars Applications
Again, breed and discipline organizations could provide an iPhone app that calendars major events, deadlines, etc.

What do you think of these ideas? Do you have other ideas for equine oriented iPhone applications? Leave a commment here to let Dappled Grey know.

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{ 21 comments }

1 equistats June 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Get real-time United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) information at your finger tips on your iPhone!
 
http://itunes.apple.com/app/equistats/id470065363?mt=8
 
Navigation interface simplifies the search process.Look-up USEF horse and owner information via simple drill down user interface. Owner information available at the individual and farm levels. Look-up USEF horse, individual and farm information. Sounds can be easily turned on and off, along with volume control. Turn on/off the startup splash animation. Turn on/off instant quick-tips. Simply switch between English and Spanish user interface. 

2 Yoss13 March 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

There is a  iPhone app that was just released that is for trail riders. It allows you to create your own trail maps using GPS and share them with other riders! Also allows to upload the map picture to Facebook and/or Twitter. Check it out at www.equitrailapp.com or in the app store:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/equitrail/id500494838?mt=8
 equitrail 

3 HorseNe October 19, 2011 at 8:22 am

There is a new iPhone/iPad app called HorseMinder (http://HorseMinder.mobi) to help with deworming plans, scheduling, and reminding. It seems helpful and easy to use.

4 Elaine February 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm

We’ve just launched a series of educational horse apps at http://www.greyhorseapps.com :)

5 GreyHorseApps January 23, 2011 at 5:19 am

Grey Horse Apps have also brought out a range of new iPhone and Android Apps as well, and are now listed in the top 900 educational apps in the iPhone App store! Blog, and more info on our website: http://www.greyhorseapps.com

6 Moo December 28, 2010 at 12:07 am

There is an app called EquiList and is great for organizing your show equipment.

7 D. Cross December 18, 2010 at 7:49 am

I really like “Paw Card”; not only for cats dogs & horses, but for goats or even people. a lot of potential in this app!

8 LUA SOUTHARD April 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

SINCE THIS WAS POSTED IS THERE SOMETHING MORE ‘CURRENT’ THAT I SHOULD BE LOOKING AT. I’M GETTING READY TO GO ON A CRUISE TO BERMUDA AND WOULD LOVE TO TAKE A FLIP CAMCORDER.

9 Bob Easterday April 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Hi there,
I just posted my own app called Equestrius, which is a comprehensive health and care tracking app for each of your horses. I’d love to see it featured on your blog. I’m just not quite sure how to go about it :). In any case, Equestrius is available at http://itunes.apple.com/app/equestrius/id364909340?mt=8

10 Molly April 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Giorgio, thanks for the info on Equiagenda. Sounds like a very useful application for ANY horse owner.

11 Giorgio April 9, 2010 at 3:45 am

There is one more app available, called Equiagenda, amazing!
I have a database of 14 horses on it, and it has proven to be really useful!
Quoting from iTunes: “Keep your horse’s data handy and always available with EquiAgenda©. In addition to a Calendar, it has 24 beautiful photos by noted equine photographer, Paula da Silva – starting from the month you buy this app.
It allows you to track all of the important events in the life of your horse. With a quick glance, you can see vet appointments, medications, farrier, foaling, competitions, supplements and dietary notes for as many horses as you like! You can even upload a photo of your horse which will show as its avatar.
Download this must-have app to your iPhone and iPod Touch today. EquiAgenda© will keep you organized and help you keep your horses happy and healthy. “

12 Lindsay March 4, 2010 at 6:45 am

Just got my first IPod Touch and have been looking for something along the lines of your suggested Health Care Management. Great Idea. One I would like…. Away to keep track of items needed for certain events whether it is going to a show, trail ride, camping trip etc.
Thanks

13 Jeff February 8, 2010 at 11:44 am

Today EquiApps released a great Dressage test iphone app called EquiTests. Read the blog post here on Dappled Grey here:
http://www.dappledgrey.com/2010/02/-equitests-dressage-application-for-the-iphone.html

14 cb February 2, 2010 at 5:32 am

I will switch (from Blackberry) to iPhone if all of these apps become available – and probably upgrade my iPod too(all the ideas I have seen posted above are of interest!).

15 diane February 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm

love the horse calendar app! could be searchable by zone, state, discipline, etc. as the organizer of the show calendar for our group of parents, riders and trainers I can tell you it would be appreciated!

16 Laura December 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I think you should have a Appy-App.
A game where you can put your own spots on your appy!
Just for fun!
As a hunter judge I would like to see a Hunter score tally/tracker. and event show calendar would be helpful.
Follow me on twitter hunterjudge

17 Marti May 28, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Like your blog a lot!

18 Liv May 8, 2009 at 9:44 am

Great post – good to see more equestrians take an interest emerging media and technology. I’m a rider and a technogeek myself and I tried to look for cool horse apps but hadn’t found anything to date.
An app to help you get ready for shows (lists of things to pack/do), or an app that explains all the different show rules would be great.
Show event calendar and details would be brilliant, as well as real time results.

19 Tanya Heins May 6, 2009 at 6:30 am

Thanks so much for the review and feedback! We are already working on EquiEvents, EquiInfo and EquiTests which do deal with your ideas.
Our vision is to develop high quality apps for equestrians that are authentic and genuinely useful. The only way we will get there is listening and responding to posts like yours.
At the moment we’re spending any spare time away from ‘paying’ contracts to develop these apps. As user support grows we will be able to spend more time responding with feature enhancements and new apps. We love the iTunes model that allows us to improve features within each app which are free to existing users. So, please do give our apps a try and let us know your thoughts, feedback and critiques.
Sincerely,
Tanya Heins

20 Jeff May 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Great post. Does your comment notification work?

21 Sandy28 July 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I found a new app on iPhone called Horselog.
It’s quite clever I think. It lets users manage the health, the competitions and the whole budget of their horses from their iPhone.
 
There are 3 main sections : 
- The Health section, where users set and view past and future appointments, set reminders, write notes (for example to keep track of medication used) and enter costs.
- The Competitions section, where users keep track of past and future events, enter results and earnings, set reminders on when to send their registration.  
- A convenient Checklist, which helps them to make sure that they don’t forget anything when going away.
- The Budget section, where users record all their expenses and view reports on where the money is going (sorted by categories, months, years, etc).
 
It’s very handy.
 

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