The EQUICISE Simulator is suitable for all riders – whether you are an accomplished competition rider or a complete beginner. It is an excellent way for new riders to develop their skills whilst building confidence in a more controlled environment. Perhaps you are a nervous rider or are coming back to riding after a fall, the EQUICISE Simulator can help you build your confidence and regain riding fitness. The simulator does not buck, spook or rear and therefore, provides a safe and steady feel. If you are looking to improve your fitness, there are numerous exercises on the EQUICISE Simulator which you can do in order to improve your fitness – without having to think about the horse underneath you! For more experienced riders, the EQUICISE Simulator can be used to improve position, balance and timing in more complex lateral movements allowing you to focus 100% on you, without thinking about training the horse too.
Is the EQUICISE Simulator actually like a real horse?
Absolutely! The EQUICISE Simulator moves in 3 gaits – walk, trot and canter – just like a real horse! The simulator has the ability to bend and flex through the neck and responds to aids given through your leg, seat and hands. Unlike a real horse however, the EQUICISE Simulator will respond to the exact aids given. Sometimes horses may be misunderstand, ignore or anticipate our aids, so using the EQUICISE Simulator allows you to practice the correct aids without having to focus on the horse too!
How many sessions will I need to improve?
The instant feedback provided on the EQUICISE Simulator allows riders to improve quickly. Alongside this, our qualified instructors are able to provide relevant exercises to accelerate learning. Depending on your goal, a significant improvement can usually be seen in 3-5 lessons. For riders looking to learn new movements such as leg-yield and shoulder-in the EQUICISE Simulator provides a ‘shortcut’ to the correct way of going, We also find that riders, both beginners and experienced riders, like to have regular practice sessions to maintain fitness and continue improvements.
Can I transfer my new skills from the EQUICISE Simulator to riding a real horse?
Of course! Everything that is learned on the EQUICISE Simulator will be transferrable as muscle memory is developed during the sessions. When on a real horse, riders are then able to perform aids more instinctively rather than actively thinking about what to do, when. For the accomplished rider, it gives the opportunity to develop without having to train the horse at the same time.
I’m an experienced dressage rider who competes regularly, why should I try the Simulator?
The Simulator can benefit all levels of rider, it offers a bespoke programme of training which is tailored to each individual’s needs. All riders can develop unwanted habits, often that they are unaware of. The Simulator highlights the rider’s positional faults using sophisticated sensors and will only respond to clear aids therefore ensuring that the more experienced rider irons out any inaccuracies. It also gives you the chance to practice advanced movements such as passage, piaffe or flying changes using intense repetition which would not be possible on a real horse.