GB2482192A - Telemetric device to measure load transmitted through a horse's hoof - Google Patents

Telemetric device to measure load transmitted through a horse's hoof Download PDF

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GB2482192A
GB2482192A GB201012393A GB201012393A GB2482192A GB 2482192 A GB2482192 A GB 2482192A GB 201012393 A GB201012393 A GB 201012393A GB 201012393 A GB201012393 A GB 201012393A GB 2482192 A GB2482192 A GB 2482192A
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Abstract

A telemetric device fitted to the hoof of a horse, comprises a number of load sensors to measure the weight passing through the hoof to ground at the position of the sensor. The load sensors are mounted at spaced intervals on a pad located between the hoof and a horseshoe. Alternatively the load sensors may be mounted in/on/under the horseshoe itself. The device may include a global positioning (GPS) receiver, and may be provided with a transponder for interrogation by at least one antenna disposed around a course. Measured data is wirelessly transmitted to a computer or data acquisition system.

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TELEMETRIC DEVICE FOR A HORSE

The present invention relates to a telemetric device for a horse.

BACKGROUND TO THE INVENTION

In, for example, race horse training, the fitness and improvement in speed over the ground of a horse is assessed by a trainer. The quality of the trainers experience is essential to achieve results, because the trainer assesses a horse by its general condition, weight and muscle tone. A trainer will also, inter alia, assess the recovery rate of a horse after exercise, for example, with a heart rate monitor, will carry out interval training to improve a horses' performance over a particular distance and will gallop horses together. The trainer may also gallop a horse uphill to improve aerobic fitness, stamina and strength. In order to monitor the horse's progress, the trainer times the horse over a fixed distance. However, much of the trainer's assessment is subjective.

It is an object of the invention to provide a telemetric device for horses, with an improved seat which reduces or obviates the aforementioned problems.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

According to a first aspect of the invention there is provided a telemetric device for a horse adapted to be fitted to the hoof of a horse comprising at least one load sensor for measuring the weight passing through the hoof to ground at the position of the sensor.

The telemetric device is advantageous as it facilitates a more quantitative approach to training horses than existing techniques. The load transmitted through a horse's hoof as it strikes the ground during a training run or a race is measured using at least one load sensor and can be monitored to assess the fitness or health of the horse. The frequency or cadence of a hoof over a particular period of time can also be calculated. This data is especially useful for identifying foot problems before a medical condition or injury develops further, The load sensor may be mounted in or on a pad for positioning between a horse's hoof and a horseshoe. Alternatively, the load sensor may be mounted in or on a horseshoe. Data from the or each pad or horseshoe incorporating the load sensors can be used for comparison against data from any other such pads or horseshoes used on the horse, giving the trainer an indication of the impact a medical condition or injury is having on the gait or running style of the horse during the various types of paces The pad may be horseshoe shaped.

A plurality of load sensors may be positioned at spaced intervals around the pad or horseshoe.

Data produced by the load sensors will indicate whether or not the hoof is striking the ground squarely or whether the horse is toeing in' or toeing out'. This is useful for a trainer, or indeed a farrier, to know as such a problem may be corrected by shaping the shoe appropriately.

Uncorrected gaits can lead to ligament and/or tendon strain in the horse's foot and possibly a shortened racing career.

Optionally, five load sensors are placed around the pad or horseshoe, a first load sensor positioned centrally at the front of the pad or horseshoe, second and third load sensors positioned at respective rear portions of the pad or horseshoe, and further and fifth load sensors positioned substantially midway between the fist sensor and the second and third sensors respectively. By comparing the data produced by the first load sensor with the second and third load sensors, an indication of whether the hoof is striking the ground from front to back or from back to front can be gained.

The or each load sensor may be a capacitive load cell. This type over load cell is generally more rugged and hard wearing than other types of load cell and is suitable for field applications.

The or each load sensor may be a digital load cell having a digital output.

The or each digital load cell may be adapted to have a wireless output for wireless communication with a computer or data acquisition system. This facilitates the real time monitoring of the hoof activity during a training run or a race.

The or each digital load cell may include a memory storage system for recording data produced by the or each load cell. This facilitates analysis of the hoof activity at a date or time subsequent to the horse's training run or race.

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A global positioning receiver may be mounted in or on the pad or horseshoe for tracking the location of a horse's hoof in real time, in use.

A transponder may be mounted on or in the pad or horseshoe for interrogation by at least one antenna disposed at pre-determined distances around a course. This is useful for accurately timing the horse over a set distance or course.

In a second aspect of the invention, a telemetric system for use with a horse is provided comprising a telemetric device in accordance with a first aspect of the invention, a wireless receiver for receiving an aerial output from the telemetric device, and display means for displaying the output.

A heart monitor with a wireless transmitter may be provided for transmitting data to the wireless receiver. Data on the heart, such as the heart rate, can be monitored to accurately indicate how intensely the horse is training compared to its own previous runs or against set training standards.

A lung monitor with a wireless transmitter may be provided for transmitting data to the wireless receiver. Data on the lungs, such as breathing rate can be monitored, especially during cool-down' activity periods to assess the recovery rate of the horse as an indicator of its fitness.

A processor with memory may be provided for enabling the results of previous tests to be stored and compared with real time tests.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

For a better understanding of the present invention, and to show more clearly how it may be carried into effect, reference will now be made, by way of example, to the accompanying drawings, in which: Figure 1 shows a schematic plan view of a first embodiment of telemetric device in the form of a pad; Figure 2 shows a schematic perspective view of the telemetric device of Figure 1, being fitted to the hoof of a horse underneath a horseshoe; and Figure 3 shows a side view of a second embodiment of telemetric device in the form of a horseshoe.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring to Figures 1 and 3, a first embodiment of telemetric device is indicated generally at 10.

The device 10 includes a data pad or data plate 12, which is in the shape of a horseshoe for fitting between a horse's hoof 14 and a horseshoe 16. A plurality of load sensors 18a-e are mounted to or within the plate 12 and, in use, sense the load passing through the horse's hoof at the positions of the sensors. The sensors 18 are substantially equi-spaced around the plate 12, with at least one sensor 18a at the front of the plate. Two sensors 18b, 18c are positioned at the rear ends of the plate towards the free ends of the horseshoe shape and further sensors 18d, 18e are mounted between the sensors 18a and 18b, and 18a and 18c. It will be appreciated that more or less load sensors may be utilised and their positions may be changed, but it is thought that five sensors as shown is likely to be optimum.

The load sensors are each connected to a wireless transmitter 20, also located on or within the plate 12. Alternatively, the sensors themselves may have wireless functionality for transmitting real time load signals to a wireless receiver. A Global Positioning System receiver 22 may also optionally be mounted to or on each pad and can wirelessly transmit positioning data to the wireless receiver.

In an alternative embodiment, as shown schematically in Figure 2, the load sensors 18a-d are mounted to a horseshoe 24, for example, to the underside of the horseshoe. Alternatively the load sensors 18a-d can be mounted within or on top of the horseshoe, as long as load passing through the hoof at the position of each sensor is determined and transmitted.

Sensors with wireless output may also be attached to a horses' heart and lungs for monitoring heart rate and breathing.

In use, the data pad or plate 12 is attached to a horses' hoof as shown in Figure 3, underneath the horseshoe 16. Alternatively, the horseshoe 24 is attached instead. The horseshoes may be made from a light and strong material, for example, from magnesium, aluminium or plastics. Ideally, a device 10 will be fitted to each of the horse's hooves.

Once operational, the horse starts its run and the load cells transmit loading data through the wireless transmitter(s) 20 to a receiver of a computer terminal with display (not shown). The display may show a graph of time versus loading and displays the loading results from the sensors, substantially in real time. Furthermore, the screen also displays heart rate and breathing rate from the heart and lung monitors. Timing data for a specific run may also be transmitted to the computer, for example, to record the speed over distance, eg 1 furlong. The data from previous training runs, or races, may be saved and compared with current or other previous runs, enabling the performance of a horse to be assessed over time. Any improvement or deterioration in the horses' performance can be quantified and measure taken accordingly to stop training, train in more areas than others or continue as before. The loading information can also identify foot problems at an early stage and a farrier or blacksmith can adjust his horseshoes for a horse accordingly.

It is envisaged that the use or real time telemetry, together with analysis by a trained trainer and farrier will result in much improved performances in races.

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  1. CLAIMS1 A telemetric device for a horse adapted to be fitted to the hoof of a horse comprising at least one load sensor for measuring the weight passing through the hoof to ground at the position of the sensor.
  2. 2. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in claim 1, in which the load sensor is mounted in or on a pad for positioning between a horse's hoof and a horseshoe.
  3. 3. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in claim 2, in which the pad is horseshoe shaped.
  4. 4. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in claim 3, in which a plurality of load sensors are positioned at spaced intervals around the pad.
  5. 5. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in claim 4, in which five load sensors are placed around the pad, a first load sensor positioned centrally at the front of the pad.second and third load sensors positioned at respective rear portions of the pad, and further and fifth load sensors positioned substantially midway between the fist sensor and the second and third sensors respectively.
  6. 6. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in any preceding claim, in which the or each load sensor is a capacitive load cell.
  7. 7. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in any preceding claim, in which the or each load sensor is a digital load cell having a digital output.
  8. 8. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in claim 7, in which the or each digital load cell is adapted to have a wireless output for wireless communication with a computer or data acquisition system.
  9. 9. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in claim 7, in which the or each digital load cell includes a memory storage system for recording data produced by the or each load cell.
  10. 10. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in any preceding claim, in which a global positioning receiver is mounted in or on the pad for tracking the location of a horse's hoof in real time, in use.
  11. 11. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in any preceding claim, in which a transponder is mounted on or in the pad for interrogation by at least one antenna disposed at pre-determined distances around a course.
  12. 12. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in claim 1, in which the load sensor is mounted in or on a horseshoe.
  13. 13. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in claim 12. in which a plurality of load sensors are positioned at spaced intervals around the horseshoe.
  14. 14. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in claim 13, in which five load sensors are placed around the horseshoe, a first load sensor positioned centrally at the front of the horseshoe, second and third load sensors positioned at respective rear portions of the horseshoe, and further and fifth load sensors positioned substantially midway between the fist sensor and the second and third sensors respectively.
  15. 15. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in any one of claims 12 to 14, in which the or each load sensor is a capacitive load cell.
  16. 16. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in any one of claims 12 to 15, in which the or each load sensor is a digital load cell having a digital output.
  17. 17. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in claim 16, in which the or each digital load cell is adapted to have a wireless output for wireless communication with a computer or data acquisition system.
  18. 18. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in claim 16, in which the or each digital load cell includes a memory storage system for recording data produced by the at least one load cell.
  19. 19. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in any one of claims 12 to 18, in which a global positioning receiver is mounted on or in the horseshoe for tracking the location of a horse in real time, in use.
  20. 20. A telemetric device for a horse as claimed in any one of claims 12 to 19, in which a transponder is provided for interrogation by at least one antenna disposed at pre-determined distances around a course.
  21. 21. A telemetric system for use with a horse comprising a telemetric device as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 20, a wireless receiver for receiving an aerial output from the telemetric device, and display means for displaying the output.
  22. 22. A telemetric system as claimed in claim 21, in which a heart monitor with a wireless transmitter is provided for transmitting data to the wireless receiver.
  23. 23. A telemetric system as claimed in claim 22, in which a lung monitor with a wireless transmitter is provided for transmitting data to the wireless receiver.
  24. 24. A telemetric system as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 23, in which a processor with memory is provided for enabling the results of previous tests to be stored and compared with real time tests.
  25. 25. A telemetric device for a horse substantially as described herein with reference to and as illustrated in Figures 1 to 3 of the accompanying drawings.
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