The Best Apps for Horse Owners - no longer is a mobile phone just a phone. It houses your world in your pocket, your life in pictures, your friendships in group chats and much more. We have grown to become reliant on our phones and for a good reason, they can offer so much and can help us out when we really need them. In this blog we look at the five best apps for horse owners, some of our suggestions might not be what you expected:
The Harry Hall Riding App – how could we not begin with the Harry Hall Riding App? With so many features on this app it’s an obvious one to feature in this blog about five best apps for horse owners. It is free to download, and you can create a profile using your Harry Hall One Club credentials or your Facebook logins. Our favourite feature is the live ride tracking ability of the app. You can track your schooling sessions, hacks out, fun rides or even your dog walks and runs. You’ll be surprised to see how far you can go in one schooling session or what your average speed was on a hack. Once you have created a profile, you can add as many horses as you want and create a horse calendar to remind you when vet or farrier visits are due.
SafeRide is an advanced feature of that app that will nominate your contacts should you have a fall while out riding. It works by sending your nominated contacts a text messages alert of your location giving you and your loved ones peace of mind when you’re in the saddle. An exciting new feature is that you can now shop through the Harry Hall Riding App, making hundreds of products available at the click of a button. To find out more about the Harry Hall Riding App click here.
Dressage Rider Training (DRT) – we featured DRT in a blog recently as their online, app-based program is used by thousands of riders all around the world. They provide specific core strength exercises that help improve rider fitness and ultimately help you feel more secure in the saddle so you can ride to the best of your ability. Their programs are released four times a year and each course lasts for 12 weeks with exercises for every level of rider. Find out more about DRT here.
Whatsapp – where would we be without Whatsapp? The yard group chats, the group video calls and the sharing of photos, if you do not have Whatsapp in your life where have you been? This is one of our favourite apps and an absolute must-have for equestrian to keep in touch with one another. It doesn’t drain your phone battery life and is a great way of making sure every is kept in the loop. It’s also a great app to share links that you’ve seen online or send GIFs to your friends.
Headspace – a few minutes of calm could change your day and this app does just that. Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. The Headspace app is meditation made simple. It makes it into our best app for horse owners top five as we’ve tried and tested it ourselves and can confirm it teaches you simple, life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. The app offers a free ten day trial taking you through the basics of meditation so you can decide if it’s for you. It has helped us feel a new sense of calm before we hop into the saddle. See more about Headspace here.
BBC Sounds – the final app suggestion in this blog about best apps for horse owners and one we think all horse riders should have on their phone is the BBC sounds app. It’s another free app that lets you download and listen to podcasts while you’re mucking out at the yard. It’s super easy to use too so you can even encourage your great aunt Bessie to get involved. With podcasts on subjects such as music, sport, lifestyle, politics and detective stories there’s something for everyone. It’s a great app to take your mind away to another world for 30 minutes and we’re big fans of the variety it offers.
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