GUEST POST: A Mindful Approach to Horse and Rider - A Review of the Equine Tech Collab, Mastermind Innovation Series
The Tech Equestrian would like to thank Nicole Salazar, Lifestyle Blogger and Equestrian of For the Love of All Things Fabulous for attending and covering the exciting new Equine Tech Collab Mastermind Innovation Series. Here is an excerpt of her experience and I encourage you to follow and view the full article on her blog!
Hello Beautiful Friends!
Today I want to share another fabulous experience I was able to have in Wellington this week. If you have been following along I've been speaking a lot to experiences lately. If there is an opportunity to have an experience where you can learn and surround yourself with people who share your passions, where else would you rather be?!
The inaugural Masterclass Innovation Series took place at the Wanderer’s Club in Wellington and was presented by the Equine Tech Collaborative to benefit the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund.
The Equine Tech Collaborative was formed in 2017 by founders; Barn Manager, Equo, Jumpfax, and StableGuard. New partner additions include; Electronic Vet, Epona Exchange, Etalon Diagnostics, and Event Clinics. What a phenomenal collaboration by a great group of entrepreneurs! I find these collaborations and events (hello Equestrian Business Women Summit) to be incredibly inspiring, motivating, and informative. This one did not disappoint. Not knowing what a new event like this would bring, I imagine the hosts will be pleased with the turnout.
The Soundness Spectrum: Maintaining Horses’ Soundness Through Proactive Management
The first panel consisted of Dr. Tim Ober, the official vet of the US Equestrian show jumping team, Danny Ingratta, FEI groom for Team Millar, Dr. Sheila Schils, equine rehab innovator, and Olympic show jumper Daniel Bluman, with Jennifer Wood as moderator.
The first question for the panel was, what they look for in assessing a new horse into their program:
Tim Ober: He spoke to looking at the horse overall. Skeletal, the strengths, and weaknesses of their conformation, and shoeing. He likes to see the horse freely as well as under saddle. Sometimes they will do joint flexions in hand and other times they will do the flexions under saddle, depending on the circumstances. He explained that all horses typically have a road map of issues in which you have to rank and make a plan for their program based upon this baseline of knowledge.
Daniel Bluman: Daniel spoke to gathering as much information as possible to get a baseline. He talked about using cavalettis to assess the horse's tendencies under saddle…are they fairly straight forward? Do they drift left or right?
Sheila Schils: She looks at the horse as a system of pulleys, levers, and vectors. She examines the length of stride, tempo, straightness, poll to tail flexion, back, neck, and lastly lateral flexion.
Danny Ingratta: Danny shared that when he looks at a new horse (which he joked usually arrives at midnight), he looks at their condition and attitude in their stall first. He pays attention to how they stand…square, parked out, or other indicative stances. He also checks them over to familiarize himself with any existing bumps or uniqueness that may be apart of that horse.
Let me just say right off of the bat that after this first question was presented, I was all in. Having perspectives from these very different positions that come together from a team to approach on assessing the horses was just super cool.
In Good Company: Top Riders Discuss the Skills and Practices That Help them with Mental and Emotional Challenges.