GaitSmart™ Pegasus for Show jumping
On The Flat
The most important gait in show jumping is a steady, powerful ground covering canter that you, the rider, are able to control. You need a rhythmic canter which is symmetrical on both reins and the athletic ability to change leads easily. GaitSmart Pegasus can monitor all of these things and answer the following questions:
- How steady is your canter?
- How steady and accurate are your lead changes?
- How symmetrical is your horse when comparing the left and right leads?
Approach and Departure
One of the most important elements of show jumping are the take-off and approach strides. Getting it right can be the difference between a clear round or faults. You also want to be able to shorten your horse’s stride on approach to a fence to sit him up to get a good solid take off. GaitSmart Pegasus can measure the shortening of your horse’s stride at the approach to an obstacle to determine if they are shortening enough to take off properly. By analysing data from multiple obstacles and approaches at different heights, you can determine your horse’s optimum speed and stride length for jumping clear.
Often the difference between a win or second place in show jumping is determined by speed, meaning you have to be fast and accurate to win. GaitSmart Pegasus has a GPS tracker enabling you to see a bird’s eye view of where you went on the course allowing you analyse whether you have taken the fastest path and where you could afford to shave off a few seconds by altering your lines or cutting a corner. This could give you valuable time giving you a competitive edge.
You can also study if your horse struggles or hesitates over certain types of obstacles or colours by using the GPS tracker to follow where you are on the course and keeping track of the obstacles that present problems or challenges for your horse.
When a horse fatigues, their stride characteristics alter. Stride frequency decreases and stride duration may exhibit increased variation. A fatigued show jumper is more likely to knock a fence than when they are fresh at the start of a course. By monitoring your horse’s stride with GaitSmart Pegasus, you will be able to detect these changes and where in your course they occur. If the end of the course demonstrates signs of fatigue during training, you could save yourself valuable faults in competition by training accordingly.
Are you in the market for a new jumper to take you to the next level?
GaitSmart Pegasus can be used to look at the stride parameters of any horse on a pre-purchase basis. If you have or are purchasing a foal or youngster intended as a show jumping prospect, you can help to predict their performance with gait analysis testing. It has been shown that the locomotion characteristics of foals can be closely related to and therefore predictors of adult gait characteristics. Research (Back et al. 1995) has proved that limb range of movement and maximum hock flexion in foals could be used to predict adult gait characteristics and quality. GaitSmart Pegasus can quickly, and accurately measure these things to help you determine the potential of a horse and if it’s right for you. Having this information will save you time, money and effort from the start!
Lameness and injury are major concerns for show jumpers and stress and strain related injuries occurring over time can be hard to detect until it’s too late. Prevention is always better than treatment.
How does this relate to your show jumper and GaitSmart Pegasus? An unwell horse will usually have different stride characteristic compared with its healthy state. This enables GaitSmart Pegasus to provide you with an additional means of checking the health of your horse. Decreases in performance or subtle changes in strides, range of movement, or hock flexion may be warning signs of trouble to be headed and investigated.
When injury strikes? The stride characteristics of any injured horse will differ from when it was fit. For the best chance at full rehabilitation, a horse must not be returned to work until it has fully recovered from its injury. GaitSmart Pegasus enables you to monitor this as well as its training progress during the gradual return to work and previous levels of performance.