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The Dressage Simulator

The Ultimate Fully Interactive Horse Simulator

Dressage Simulator
The Interactive Dressage Simulator is a lifesize model of a dressage horse; it is fitted with the same dressage tack that one is likely to see on horses at any dressage show.  The Simulator can perform the movements that riders practice, from walk through passage, piaffe and flying changes.  An interactive monitor screen faces the rider and shows a digital version of the horse as it does the movements.  As an adjunct to riding instruction, the Simulator can help the student learn effectively in a very short time, while helping to exercise and develop the rider's "dressage muscles"!
The simulator comprises several key components, including: sensors in the horse's saddle area, head and neck; a mechanism that enables lateral action; and sensors in the horse's barrel area where riders apply the leg aids.
Saddle Sensors
The sensors beneath the rider’s saddle send digital information to the monitor screen, providing visual feedback about the rider's weight distribution.  The rider’s balance and posture are reflected on the screen as she or he moves forward, backward and sideways throughout all the gaits whether free-riding or practicing dressage tests.
Riders and instructors appreciate this feature because it helps in the correction of posture, positioning and balance, thus improving the rider’s seat and comfort during riding. The interactive feedback allows for immediate correction and the ability to monitor whether correction is sustained.
Head and Neck Movements 
Sensors located in the horse's head and neck allow the rider and instructor to confirm whether the contact from rein to bit results in correct flexion.
Lateral Action
The Dressage Horse Simulator emulates the lateral body lean of a real horse when engaged in walk and trot. Left and right lead canter are also possible. The visual imagery on screen enhances the rider’s sensation of the horse’s lateral movements.
Leg Sensors
Three sets of sensors along the barrel area of each side of the horse make it possible for the rider to practice correct leg aids at the girth or behind the girth. Applying the aids correctly will result in transitions between gaits; the horse can even strike off into canter directly from the halt.