I’ve had the Equilab app for just over a week and used it a couple of times to track our rides. I’d like to use it to see how Abbey’s fitness is improving over the coming season. Previously I have used Map My Run…which did the job….kinda.

Equilab logo
The Equilab app is available to download for free from your app store.

The first time that I’d used a new app we had a rather exciting hack round the ‘big block’ as it is known on the yard.

As we were leaving, a man opened a door just as we walked passed. I jumped, Abbey leapt out of her skin. So with Abbey well and truly on her toes we headed out for what I had planned to be a quiet hack.

Not sure why but the roads were so much busier than usual. We had numerous large vans pass us. Some like the Iceland van were very considerate and courteous, however, many were not. One 4×4 with a caravan came passed so quickly that Abbey scooted forward and side stepped onto the verge. Then came a big lorry with an overly full skip on the back.

What we didn’t know at that point was that a lot of this rubbish – shiny peddle bins, bright red coats, old duvets etc – would fall off and land in the middle of the road. Fortunately I have wasted many hours walking Abbey over tarpulins and ‘saying hello!’ to bits of plastic and other random items she seems to find suspicious. I am proud to say that this paid off and we negotiated the assault course home without too much bother.

Why am I telling you all this? Because of the app. Not only did it capture all the normal stats – time, distance, average speed etc – that any exercise app would do but it showed how long we spent in each gait, the forward speed
and the stride length.

Hacking route as recorded by the Equilab app. Show total time, kilometers and speed. Rider and horse performance as well as time spent in each gait.

It was so accurate that is showed Abbey’s spook – 0.04 minutes of canter, at 2.7km/hr, with a distance travelled of 0km. Given that her trot was recorded at 8.7km/hr it showed that I managed to more or less keep her on the spot!

So far I’ve found the app really easy to use. It took moments to download and set up. The hardest part is remembering to kick start the recording when I get on.

I’ve the free version and there’s more functionality than I really need. There are graphs showing speed, elevation and beats per minute over time, as well as, spaces to write notes. It estimates the number of calories the rider burns (which will be more accurate as it knows I riding not running) and the mJ Abbey’s used.

Hacking route as recorded by the Equilab app. Show time in each gait on a timeline and graphs of speed and elevation over time. Strides per minute is also recorded.

After recording a session you’re invited to rate the horse’s and rider’s performance with a sliding scale of emojis too, and you can share a summary of your ride. The summary includes a map or satellite image with some summary statistics.

Example of the image you can share from the Equilab app. Shows a Google map satellite picture with total time and distance.
This is the sort of image you can share directly from the Equilab app

Under the profile and friends sections you can share your training with other Equilab users.

There are a couple of bits and pieces that I would like to be able to do. For example, I’d like to edit the name of the ride so I could filter out the interval training and see whether we are indeed going further at faster paces. This might be available in the paid version.

Whichever way I look at it, this app is much better than Map My Run which I was using before. Though I will miss being fooled into thinking I went much further and faster than many professional long distance runners when I temporarily forget that the recording is a ride not a jog!