Every rider knows the situation: one or more riding instructors shouting their instructions through the hall, students shouting back because they have not understood anything. Concentrated learning is hardly possible in such an unsettled setting. In addition, other riders complain about these conditions.
Accordingly, the purchase of an equestrian wireless training system makes sense both for the trainers themselves and for horse farms with several riding instructors. Of course, it is primarily the student who will benefit from this: the devices, which are usually very small, are hardly noticeable and allow relaxed communication with the riding instructor in a normal tone of voice over the entire length of the arena. This also works on the tournament warm-up arena or in riding halls where several teams are connected by radio. For this purpose, all professional devices available on the market have multiple channels.
Structure and equipment of the devices
Common radio systems consist of a transmitter and a receiver. In most cases, communication during riding lessons runs in only one direction, namely from the instructor to the student. The latter, in addition to the receiver attached to the belt, also wears an earphone or headset (here, several shapes and sizes are often supplied). The instructor speaks into his transmitter or into a small microphone that he can clip to his jacket.
How does the technology work?
The devices communicate using normal modern wireless technology. Power is supplied by standard batteries or – in some cases – rechargeable batteries.
Which system for which discipline?
Dressage, show jumping and western riders need a radio range of 80 to 120 meters. If the instructor positions himself in the middle of the arena, he can cover twice that area. In such cases, a one-way system with frequency modulation makes sense, providing the best voice quality in the smaller radius. For eventers, drivers and Icelandic horse riders on the oval track, a longer range is needed. They need devices that work like walkie-talkies. Advantage: Students and riding instructors can talk to each other – at a distance of three to five kilometers. Disadvantage: The transmission quality is sometimes worse.