Heart Rate Monitor checks IPOS App
Loon op zand, March 2020:
In an ideal world we would all use heart rate equipment to measure the intensity of our horses training. A heart rate monitor indicates how intens a training is and is scientifically reliable. Unfortunately, not everyone owns a heart rate monitor. That’s why at IPOS we try to calculate the intensity of your training by counting the minutes per gait. But how reliable is this? Time for a group of students from the HAS collages in Den Bosch to do some research!
The IPOS Training Application of IPOS measure the intensity of your training. It collects data on gaits, intervals, transitions per gait and even weight and age of the horse. With a formula with translate all this data into an intensity per training. This way you can get an indication of the intensity even without using the heart rate monitor. When you measure all your training sessions for 21 days, the app will even assesses the fitness level of your horse. Something you might want to increase over time.
At IPOS we are all about data and science. Therefore, we find it very important that also check how reliable this intensity calculations are. Probably not as reliable as a Heart rate monitor but perhaps we can get close. Students from the HAS collage in Den Bosch investigate the IPOS Training Application. The students compare the measurements of a Polar heart rate monitor with the intensity calculation of IPOS. First to see if the intensity calculated by IPOS correlates with the increase in heart rate, and secondly they look for the most significant factors that might also increase intensity.
One of the factors they investigate is whether there is a difference between the intensity of training by warmblood or draft horses. Other factors they look into are:
· Air humidity and ambient temperature.
· Hight of the horse.
· Age of the horse.
· Body Condition Score of the horse.
The results will tell us about the reliability of the intensity calculation and guide us how to further improve the use.
We would like to thank riding school Van Loon, in Loon op Zand, the Netherlands where this research is conducted. Are you curious about the app and how it works? You can find the app in the