Once again the Dublin Horse Show proved to be a great place to shop with over 300 trade stands to browse through. In amongst the familiar equestrian brands there is a growing presence of innovative technologies clamouring for the attention. ranging from apps, nutritional supplements and LED lighting. Here is a selection and a few hints on what we might see next year.
Daniel Carroll from Co. Offaly has developed a smartphone app that create a custom fitness program for your horse based on the horse's current condition and your target competition dates. What is exciting about this app is it’s uses of artificial intelligence to judge your horse’s condition and progress, just from pictures taken with your phone. As you use the fitness program, the app shows your progress against similar types of horse and adapts the program as it learns about your horse. The app went live at the show and is available now from the website.
Equilume, another Irish company, already known for its blue light masks used to encourage mares to come in season earlier in the year, is now introducing a light for the stable. This light has multiple coloured LEDs that can mimic the natural light levels and colours over the course of the day. This will be particularly useful for horses that spend much of their day indoors as the natural light levels improve mood, health and coat condition.
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Developed in the US by a team with decades of experience in equine therapy this new joint supplement is now being distributed in Ireland by 360 Equine. A key ingredient is chicken eggshell membrane - a natural source of collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid that are common supplements prescribed to humans with joint or connective tissue disorders such as arthritis, gout, neck and back pain. At the RDS the company was meeting with Veterinarians who are looking to trial the use of the supplement as part of stem cell therapies for horses to publish evidence proving that it enhances the healing process. Precision are proud of the high quality of their product and to ensure freshness you purchase a monthly subscription of individually packaged doses.
Precision Joint Solution, distributed by Equine 360
Developed in the US by Cherie Hecht, an equine therapist, looked at what new ingredients were available to promote healing and mobility in joints and built a supplement. The key ingredient is natural egg membrane, the white skin that lies just under the shell of the egg that you see when peeling a boiled egg - a natural source of collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid that are common supplements prescribed to humans with joint or connective tissue disorders such as arthritis, gout, neck and back pain. The supplement is fast acting, normally showing results within two weeks. Precision are proud of the high quality of their product and to ensure freshness you purchase a monthly subscription of individually packaged doses. The company is currently developing a similar product for dogs.
Equine Halo therapy
HaloTherapy is derived from the greek halos (meaning "salt") and has been used for thousands of years and there are spa resorts in Poland that were known about in the 12th century. Today generators and air conditioning technology is making it possible to recreate the environment of these natural phenomenon and provide a horse with a salt therapy experience in a custom stable. Thought to help promote healing of skin conditions, wounds and clearing up airway infections the evidence is growing in the racehorse market with several of the world's top trainers having bought custom Halotherapy stables from the company following successful trials of a mobile unit in Newmarket. The company also offers engineering expertise for those looking to add the tech to their existing buildings.
Plusvital, known in Ireland for their nutritional supplements, has now acquired the equine genomic testing company Equinome and has committed to a multi-million Euro genomic and nutrition research program. Equinome made world headlines with the discovery of the 'speed gene' and with the acquisition the company is set to make more state of the art genetic tests available. Soon with a simple blood test it will be possible to predict the optimum race distance, optimum race surface and full grown height of any particular horse. Currently these tests are aimed at the racing industry, what tests would you pay for if they were available?
There are many horse tech projects in the pipeline, including a smart saddle from CWD, another smart tack system from a tech company in the US, a smart rug from Horseware and few ‘fitbit for horses’ type products. I’m looking forward to The Dublin Show 2018!