The Dressage Simulator

Dressage Simulator

This is the most popular simulator since its release onto the market in 2008. The Dressage Simulator accommodates riders of all levels from beginners to the advanced and award winning champion riders. Although it can be used for basic arena work, given the correct signals through its sensors, this horse can perform advance dressage movements such as Piaffe, pirouette, half pass and shoulder in.

The fully interactive Dressage Simulator is easy to use for both children and adults. It offers rider's a revolutionary way to focus on their skills and correct their balance by viewing immediate and visual feedback on their seat position and riding manoeuvres. It is used world–wide by professionals and amateur riders as an essential aid to training.

"This horse simulator is a valuable training aid, in particular when working with the rider's position and co–ordination. It enables the trainer to teach and observe the rider, who can both feel and see where any problems lie. It is also possible for the rider to develop the technique and co–ordination necessary for the more advanced work."

Paul Fielder, Leading Dressage instructor.

The Interactive Feature

The simulation presents four types of ride; i) Instruction Ride, ii) Free Ride, iii) Test ride iv) Auto training Ride.

i) Instruction Ride
The instructional Ride is essential for teachers to help students adjust body position and posture accordingly and also to show them the correct aids for the different movements.

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ii) Free Ride
The Free Ride allows students to choose between a 20 x 40 or 20 x 60 arena or alternatively ride on the surrounding path and grassland. There are realistic sound effects depending on whether the rider is riding on grass or on a track.

iii) Test Ride
The rider can test his or her ability by using the Test Ride. Test rides are presented orally, by written instruction on the screen and by visual representation. Feedback on performance is delivered visually from each judges view point and from a 'bird's eye' view. You can freeze the screen to analyse problem areas and work closely on them.

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iv) Auto Training Ride
The Auto Training Ride assesses the rider's set, leg and rein, in either a 1 minute or 2 minute assessment. The rider is asked to sit in the correct way as the simulator turns through the different gates and collects data which is then displayed on a graph. This data can then be printed out and kept to record the rider's progress. This is a useful instructional aid for instructors to point out and focus on key problem areas.

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Advantages

  • Close proximity to students when teaching
  • Safe practise for nervous riders
  • Safe and controlled environment
  • Learn the correct posture in minutes
  • Recover from injury with safe measured steps
  • All weather training
  • General fitness
  • High income generation potential for schools and riders.

"'Trojan', our Racewood Dressage Simulator has totally changed the way we can teach people, making it much more scientific. The sensor pads on the saddle tell the rider if they are sitting straight and correctly in the saddle."

Anthea Chambers, Wildwoods Equestrian

"I rode a dressage horse simulator named Avatar, who I called Timber because he looked just like a Friesian I rode named Timber, to help with my therapy. When I first went, I knew it was great for able bodied riders, but I wasn't sure it would help with therapy. I knew I'd enjoy it, though! I found it extremely beneficial for therapy. It was good exercise and used the muscles that were familiar.

There are several benefits to a horse simulator.

  1. It's safe and doesn't do anything unexpected.
  2. It won't be tired or overworked. You can't do 30 pirouettes on a real horse, but you can on the simulator.
  3. They don't remember and learn from a riders bad habits.

I would recommend one to riders at any level or ability."

Courtney King–Dye, American professional Dressage rider.