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HYLOFIT in Action: Confidence Building on a Whole New Level

HYLOFIT in Action: Confidence Building on a Whole New Level

The Tech Equestrian had the opportunity to experience Hylofit in action and celebrate its official launch at this month’s clinic at the beautiful Millstone Farm in Wilton, Connecticut. Titled ‘Reducing Stress and Building Confidence in your Horse’ the clinic was led by world-famous trainer Tristan Tucker known for his TRT method and legendary equestrian and Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa in an information-packed morning complete with watching them interact with equines in training with Hylofit, a wearable heart rate monitor to track intensity.

Although there was a wealth of advice to record and share, I wanted to highlight the session with photos and quotes that underscore how the combination of the systems can be powerful tools for any equestrian looking to achieve a whole new level of insight and understanding with their equine partner.

Disco, a grey gelding who recently came from Germany, is very sensitive to the point where he becomes so concerned about making a mistake it almost paralyses him. “Going to horse shows was a huge struggle for him,” said Alexa, Rodrigo’s wife.

Disco, a grey gelding who recently came from Germany, is very sensitive to the point where he becomes so concerned about making a mistake it almost paralyses him. “Going to horse shows was a huge struggle for him,” said Alexa, Rodrigo’s wife.

Tristan and Rodrigo performed a series of ground exercises with Disco to ease his mind and get him to focus on his body. “In the beginning you need to get awareness of the tension points in his body; he has the majority of tension in his neck - so every step he takes from then on is going to create tension and the idea is for him to take responsibility - ‘this is the part of your body you have to make loose’ and he needs to think about the inside of his body,” said Tristan.

“We are teaching him how to manage himself in the presence of something in the environment that approaches, moves or makes a sound.     You give him the knowledge of what to do in the moment with himself, so he’s able to manage himself in that situation.  So the only thing we can teach them is how to manage themselves,” said Tristan.

“We are teaching him how to manage himself in the presence of something in the environment that approaches, moves or makes a sound. You give him the knowledge of what to do in the moment with himself, so he’s able to manage himself in that situation. So the only thing we can teach them is how to manage themselves,” said Tristan.

“Using Hylofit – allows us to see their anxiety level – the tool really helps you understand their mindset; and it gives you an indication that you must re-evaluate how to manage them.  Hylofit gives you real-time feedback to what is happening , not just the outward signs of an ear twitch, “ said Rodrigo.

“Using Hylofit – allows us to see their anxiety level – the tool really helps you understand their mindset; and it gives you an indication that you must re-evaluate how to manage them. Hylofit gives you real-time feedback to what is happening, not just the outward signs of an ear twitch, “ said Rodrigo.

During the session, Eliane van Reesema, international dressage rider and co-founder of Hylofit brought in two of her horses for the training, both having different temperaments and personalities to manage in the show ring.

“For me Hylofit provides the data behind what my horse is actually thinking and what is actually happening with his body and allows me to confirm that maybe what I was thinking was right or oh, what I was thinking was the opposite.  The intelligence I get now with Hylofit versus without is like night and day,” said Eliane with Fellow , her horse of one year.

“For me Hylofit provides the data behind what my horse is actually thinking and what is actually happening with his body and allows me to confirm that maybe what I was thinking was right or oh, what I was thinking was the opposite. The intelligence I get now with Hylofit versus without is like night and day,” said Eliane with Fellow, her horse of one year.

The foundational elements of the TRT system is a series of steps that build off of easy questions you ask a horse before you ask the hard ones. “It’s very much about increasing a horse’s mental stimulation so they become more aware of how to think for themselves and how to be problem solvers and good decision makers,” pointed out Tristan.

“When they start on a circle  you begin to teach them to how to respond to something that pops up by giving them total freedom in the front , so they don’t have to think about anything except moving,” said Tristan, guiding Eliane on Flynn.

“When they start on a circle you begin to teach them to how to respond to something that pops up by giving them total freedom in the front, so they don’t have to think about anything except moving,” said Tristan, guiding Eliane on Flynn.

Hylofit is the proof that the body of work that we put together is the confirmation that horses do have the power to be in control of their own physical state and their own systems.
— Tristan Tucker
The simple girth attachment and watch make it easy to monitor and track heart rate for both horse and rider.

The simple girth attachment and watch make it easy to monitor and track heart rate for both horse and rider.

There are many advantages to adopting technology tools to advance performance and happiness with our horses. Hylofit’s mission is to educate equestrians on helping improve the overall health and fitness of horses. We may not be able to read our horse’s minds but we now have something that comes close.

To read the previous The Tech Equestrian blog post on Hylofit - click here or for more information on the product you can visit the Hylofit website.

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