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March 22, 2012

iPhone Apps For Equestrians

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

Some cool iPhone apps for the horse lover:


Riders interested in dressage training help their horses maintain a consistent tempo through riding aids and body language. Riding with a metronome that matches the tempo you want to maintain can help you develop a consistent and rhythmic tempo.

This metronome utility allows an instructor or peer to mark time for riders by giving a regular tick sound at a pre-determined rate. Plug your iPod into an arena sound system and have a friend or instructor change the tempo as you change your gaits.

The main view shows average beats-per-minute (bpm) for each gait. Change the gait by touching the walk, trot, and canter buttons at the bottom of the main screen. Touch the add (+) and subtract (-) buttons to fine-tune the appropriate bpm for your horse. This app will automatically save the changes you make. Should you wish to reset the default bpm settings select the Reset button on the ‘Info’ screen.



Using a livestock scale is the best way to find out the weight of your horse. If it is not practical to find such a scale, this calculator will estimate your horses weight based on two measurements, the heart girth and the horses length. This calculator provides a general idea of a horse’s weight.

The formula used to estimate weight in this calculator is ((heart girth inches x heart girth inches x body length inches)/320=estimated body weight in pounds for a horse. For a yearling, divide by 300. For a foal, divide by 280. We have arrived at this formula by testing the results against the nomogram developed by C. L. Carroll and P. J. Huntington. To use this horse utility application you will need a regular tape measure and someone to help hold the horse still as you take the measurements. Make sure the horse is standing on level ground and is relaxed.



Use your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to help you learn, reference and practice dressage tests. Suitable for Canadian riders. A useful reference for trainers, judges and spectators. Study Dressage Canada’s tests with a more visual and auditory learning approach. Each interactive test allows you to:

  • Read the test instructions along with the marking criteria
  • Review dressage arena diagrams that animate through the movements within a test
  • Play and record your own readings of the test that are perfectly timed for the individual horses and the arena in which you are practicing
  • NEW on the larger iPad screen, practice your dressage test by sketching out the movements
  • Reference Equine Canada’s official rule books – Section A: General Regulations and Section E: Dressage
  • Keep up-to-date through Equine Canada news feeds


Barrel Horse World:

A quick way to find barrel horses right at your fingertips. Browse a huge selection of listings from Barrel Horse World that include video, info, photos and contact info.



A great tool for horse owners EquiVitals teaches users how to assess 7 vital signs of horse health, temperature, pulse, respiration, gut sounds, dehydration, capillary refill time and mucous membranes.


 Horse Clock:

Turn your iPhone or iPad touch into a horse lover’s alarm clock. Comes complete with 40 beautiful horse backgrounds and a variety of horse-theme sounds to wake you.


Horse Name Generator:

A quick and easy way to name your new horse – or any other animal. Also a fun tool for writers and authors who need a little character inspiration.


Horse Spanish:

English to Spanish translations specifically for those in the horse industry like vets, trainers & riders. Includes phrases and a translation window that allows you to translate words & phrases immediately.


 Horse Frenzy:

Keep your horses in your stable and win coins to race to buy more, feed and train your animals.

Horse Quiz Know-It-All:

Contains 125 questions about horses – a fun way to find out just how much you really know about your favorite animal. Find out if you are a horse know-it-all?


Jumpy Horse:

Offers three different horses and fantastic graphics for horse lovers. You are the horse and your goal is to get that Cowboy off your back!


 All apps are available in the iTunes Store.

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