We are regularly asked, based on the analysis, what a normal value is. That is often difficult to say as it depends on your horse and the history.
An example: my horse has a 5% deviation from the symmetry in landing, is that too much?
The symmetry measurements give you a clear picture of how symmetrical your horse is. How high these deviations are depends on your horse. When you train every training with the SaddleClip you learn what is normal for your horse. If your horse has a deviation of approximately 5% with every training, it is “normal / standard” for your horse. No horse is 100% symmetrical by nature. It is up to us as a rider to work on making the horse more straight and symmetrical.
If you have a training in which the deviation suddenly becomes 9% instead of the usual 5%, you know that this is a deviation from the normal pattern for your horse. It can always happen that your horse is more asymmetrical in a single training, maybe it made a crazy jump in the meadow and sprained itself. It might be something small that’s away the next day.
However, if your horse shows such a deviation several times in succession, then something may be wrong. You know that this is not normal for your horse. Don’t ignore these kind of signals. You should then seek advice from your instructor, physio, farrier or veterinarian. Or at least give the horse a day off.
As a rider, you might sometimes think your horse actually ran a little less than the day before. But your feeling is not always objective and is also dependent on how you feel. That is why it is valuable to have objective measurements. You can get to know your horse better thanks to the data you collect. The SaddleClip helps you recognize the smallest changes early. This allows you to intervene immediately, sometimes to prevent serious injury, while at the same time you develop more confidence as a rider about your own feelings.