Apps for horseback riding?

A few days ago I scrolled through our blog and stumbled over Julia’s post about the Nike app that enhances your running experience. I thought that this was a very neat invention and wondered if there is something similar for my type of sport. And yes, there is!!!

A few days ago I scrolled through our blog and stumbled over Julia’s post about the Nike app that enhances your running experience. I thought that this was a very neat invention and wondered if there is something similar for my type of sport. And yes, there is!!!

Cross Country App for the iPhone

As I already wrote in my last blog, there is a lot of technology to find in the area of horseback riding. And one amazing app is the Cross Country app, presented by the blogger Chris Thomas. In cross country before the event starts, you are allowed (and you should) walk the course to see where you have to go, what you should pay attention to and what the ground is like. As Chris Thomas reports, this is now also possible with your iPhone/iPad. This allows the rider to:

• Refresh their memory on the course they are required to complete

• Approach and striding can be considered • Evaluate the horse’s potential reaction to each jump

• Take photos of each jump around the course

The idea is simple: Providing basic information about the course and adding your notes and remarks.

Any Downsides?

As I scrolled through the different blog entries I could not really find too many downsides of this app. Blogger ESJ and blogger Dominic for example, write only that it takes up a whole lot of battery of the iPhone and also that the app could have more features. They would like to be able to upload videos and audio, let others add photos, and be able to carry their iPhone during the actual course to better evaluate their time management. And also these apps are currently only for the iPhone, which puts the owners of other smartphones in a disadvantaged situation.

Apps in Sport

Now looking back to my very first post I would like to raise a very important question. Are the apps in sports a positive or a negative evolution of technology? Is it cheating, because not everybody has an iPhone and the chance to use this (which then would be an advantage for you), or is it only an enhancement for it facilitates regular activities that can also be done without the apps? Maybe do not only concentrate on the app that I just presented, but in general: Are sport apps crossing the line of technology enhancement to an unfair advantage?

 The app: http://www.crosscountryapp.com/ http://

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  1. Fabulous, thanks! -b

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