When we wrote our first story on equestrian iPhone apps - way back in 2009 - there were just a handful of emerging applications. Two years later, it’s a burgeoning field with a broad variety of applications ranging from stable information management to GPS-enabled cross country course walks. Looking for a guide to apps that might be useful to you? Read on. (Apps available on Android are noted too.)
Equine Vet - Created by an Irish veterinary surgeon, Equine Vet offers information on the 10 most common equine ailments, as well as mare and foal information.$3.99; iPhone & iPad
Veterinary Excellence Tool – A product of Norbrook Laboratories, VET provides veterinary professionals with information regarding hundreds of widely used animal health pharmaceuticals. Free; iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
EquiVitals – EquiVitals provides detailed descriptions and instructions on evaluating the following important equine vital signs: temperature, pulse, respiration, gut sounds, dehydration, capillary refill time, and mucous membranes. $.99; iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
Horse 360 – Horse 360 is an animated guide to learning equine anatomy. $1.99; iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
Riding and Training
EquiTempo – One of the early available apps, Equitempo offers an adjustable metronome that matches the tempo you want to maintain can help you develop a consistent and rhythmic tempo. $1.99; iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
FEI EquiTests - Another early app developed by Canada’s EquiApps.com. EquiTests is a multifacted test-learning tool available for the range of FEI level dressage tests, USDF tests, and USEF eventing dressage tests. See individual tests for pricing. Also on Android.
EquiSketch Dressage – EquiSketch dressage uses the EquiSketchboard to visualize arena movement while memorizing dressage tests. $4.99; iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
BE Dressage Tests – Created by Equinox Apps, BE Dressage Tests iapp gives the entire set of British Eventing tests in an easy-to-read format on the small screen or by scribe. £9.99; iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
101 Dressage - The quintessential book “101 DRESSAGE EXERCISES for Horse and Rider” by Jec Aristotle Ballou (Storey Publishing) has been specially formatted for use on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. $19.99; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Also on Android.
CrossCountry – CrossCountry is a highly advanced GPS-based app that creates a cross country course map with jumps overlaid on a satellite image, measures the course with GPS tracking, and automatically calculates minute markers. Users can add photos, videos, comments and striding for each jump. $19.99; iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad Wi-Fi + 3G and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G
CourseWalk – CourseWalk records and displays XC courses, also allowing fence photo galleries, playback of the course, sharing with other riders. $9.99; Compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad Wi-Fi + 3G and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G. Also on Android.
Horse Rider SOS - A great innovation for frequent trail riders, Horse Rider SOS can be triggered to alert emergency contacts with a riders exact GPS-based location. £4.99; Compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad Wi-Fi + 3G and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G. Also on Android.
EquiSketch Records – EquiSketch Records is a horse information management app, with the ability to track contacts, veterinary & medication information, training, feeding, breeding, and more. $4.99; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Horse Keeper – Horse Keeper is a comprehensive horse care database that will “whinny” at you when servies are due and is integrated with iPhone’s Mail and Contacts applications. $4.99; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
EquiAgenda – EquiAgenda is another application to manage vet appointments, medications, farrier, foaling, competitions, supplements and dietary notes for as many horses as you like. $3.99; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials - The iPhone application for Burghley has received a lot of attention for being at the head of the equestrian event app pack. Features include: news, schedules, rider profiles, start times, results, a cross country course guide, and weather forecasts. Free; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Olympia Horse Show – With similar features to the Burghley app, Olympia launched a smart-looking and feature-filled app for the December 2011 event. £0.69; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
London Horses City Guide – If you are traveling to London for the 2012 Olympics, this app provides an overview of other equestrian related activities and tourist attractions such as the Royal Mews, Hyde Park Stables, and more. $.99; iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
London 2012- Not exclusively equestrian, but the London 2012 iPhone app provides plenty of useful features, including venue maps, schedules, and newsfeeds. $.99; Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Equestrian Magazine - Props are due to the United States Equestrian Federation for developing an app that allows easy viewing of their Equestrian magazine on the iPad. Free; Compatible with iPad
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