This weekend, Ipos Technology attended the Central Training Day of the Dutch National Equestrian Federation (KNHS), at which aspiring Horse Riding Instructors receive their final education. Alongside presentations the KNHS's project Leaders for Training, who included; Marion Schreuder, Marrigje van Baalen, Lammert Haanstra and Anneke Hallebeek, Menke Steenbergen, CEO of Ipos Technology of IPOS presented Ipos Rein Sensors to the trainee instructors.
Use of the Ipos Rein Sensors was demonstrated live, with the newly finished prototype. As well as educating coaches, the demonstration also served as a test opportunity for the almost finished product.
During the clinic, Menke addressed the different factors that influence rein pressure. Firstly, rein pressure comprises of the baseline connection that the rider has with their horse. In general, this amounts to around 500 grams - 1,000 gram. It is important that this contact is never 0 grams, so that sufficient impulsion remains in the horse.
In addition to the baseline connection, Menke demonstrated that rein pressure is also affected by the movement of the head of the horse. A supple hand, with flexible elbows means that this pressure can be applied as lightly and as evenly as possible. The biomechanics of the horse's movement also influences the amplitude of this element of pressure. Horses that move with a hollow back show high amplitudes in this part.
Finally, Menke addressed the way cues are given to the horse, this pressure is added to those generated by contact and head movement. Giving clearly distinguishable aids is just as important as stopping an aid as soon as the horse responds. In the demonstration, Menke addressed the power of doing nothing. This means not giving signals to the horse and remaining quiet for a moment, to communicate to the horse that it is doing a good job.
Are you Dutch and interested in becoming a Horse Riding Instructor? You can find more information on the website of the KNHS.