Riders all around the world have told us that they feel uncomfortable if they are out hacking alone or ride when no one is at the stable. They have tried to solve that by texting someone when they have start ride and when they are back. But still, who knows if something happens in between and if something happens, where the rider is? Safety Tracking solves that. Let someone follow your ride live from their phone until you are back safe. Equilab shares your position and information about your ride, so if something happens you, they who follow you will see exactly where you are on the map. Use it by adding your friends in Equilab and let them track you while riding!
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In some locations the phone might not be able to get good GPS readings. If you are riding in an indoor arena the roof might be too thick and block these signals. Check your signal strength by starting the app and, if you have less than two bars, the position tracking will unfortunately be poor. You can still use equilab, but distance, velocity and stride will become less accurate.
If it is not tracked at all it is probably due to that you did not allow the app to use it’s positing. Enable equilab to do so by go to settings > apps > permissions and allow Equilab to use your position. Edit the accuracy to high precision as well.
Turns are strongly dependent of the GPS signal as we calculate the turns by looking at your movements. As you start the training in the app you will see the GPS strength in the window showing the current training time and gait distribution. If you are in an area with poor GPS strength, the results for turns will not be the best
We try to keep as a high accuracy as possible but depending on your phone model and settings this may vary. To maximize the accuracy which should be around 98% correct make sure you follow all the guidelines below.
It is important that you keep your phone in a tight fitting pocket or in a sportsband on your arm. When analyzing the gaits we use the sensors in the phone and it’s important that the phone follow your exact movements when riding. If it was not clear, you also need to be on your horse for the tracking to work properly!
We know the stride of a horse will not differ that much during a training and we will try to give you a correct value. As we are using the sensors from your phone to calculate this the accuracy of these will sometimes distort the result, if the sensors does not give us the right input.
By changing your horse type to icelandic the app will start tracking tölt as well and show this in your app
A common issue on android is that you have not agreed on the permissions that equilab needs, like position and write to file. Check under settings of the phone were you can see the apps and what permission you allow.
Android includes a lot of battery management features which may infer with the gait detection and/or kill the app during training. Under settings --> battery you will be able to turn off the battery saving mode, or configure it so Equilab will not be included.
There could also be a third party battery management app that is causing problems, for this case you will also need to configure this app so that equilab is excluded. Some Android models has specific settings which will increase the amount of times the phone is waked up while in your pocket. Try to turn off/minimize this to improve the overall quality of the gait detection.
As we know at what speed and gait you are riding, together with information of the horse and rider we can calculate energy consumption based on these facts. Note however that every horse is unique so our calculation will never be perfect for you and your horse. You can use it as recommendation and it can give you a hint if you make changes in your training, how it will affect the energy consumption. If you want to read more about calculating your horse energy consumption we highly recommend Nutrition of the Exercising Horse by Markku T. Saastamoinen.
The app works for icelandic horses but the measurements may be of a little bit lower quality.
If you choose icelandic horse as type of horse you will be able to measure tölt as well but that is still in beta.
If you want to help us to improve the quality for icelandic horses we would very much appreciate if you after a training in which the quality is low that you send us information about what you actually did during the training.
Almost all new smartphones will be able to use Equilab. For older phones there can be problem as some features need to present on the phone to analyze your training. For iphone we recommend and iPhone not older that iPhone 5s and for android not older operating system than kitkat. Equilab also need input from sensors why there can be an issue if the gyroscope, accelerometer or GPS is missing.
To be able to record your ride you must carry your phone with you as equilab uses the sensors in the phone. If you do not want to carry the phone in a pocket you can use an arm or waist belt, as long as the phone is closely attached to your body. You can also add unregistered trainings by pressing the “+” sign in start view.