“The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindsides you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday” – Words from the song Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann. These lyrics cross my mind whenever something may go wrong with my horses. As it would seem it always happens when I’m least expecting it, like on some idle Tuesday afternoon. It’ll be on a perfectly ordinary day and it’s the usual routine. My horse will come in looking off-colour or slightly unlevel. Most of the time it’s a simple fix with a bit of box rest, but sometimes it can be worse. So, in this modern-day of technology what is there that can help with horse health? I’m always looking for ways to improve the way I manage and organize my horse’s medical history, worming programs and farrier visits. To ensure I’ve done everything to keep them in good health. Recently I’ve been looking into the effectiveness of different horse health apps.
My phone has become an invaluable tool for me. Using it for work to personal purposes, where ever I go, it goes. I realize how this has become a cause for concern, constantly being attached to such an item can be unhealthy. But the benefits of being able to access so much at my fingertips, it makes life that little easier. The only aspect of my life I haven’t applied the use of my phone to (except for taking many photos and videos) is helping with the organization of my horses. My phone is full of apps such as social media apps, fitness apps & games, but none for my equestrian life (until recently).
I’m not the most organized of people, so trying to organize my own diary and the horses can be a struggle. On a few occasions, I’ve had to sheepishly apologize to my farrier. I’ve completely forgotten he was coming and my horse is still out in the field, legs plastered in mud. As I started looking into what horse admin apps are available for my phone. I found there were a few with the feature of an equine diary. Allowing you to input all the appointments you’ve made for your horses and sending you an alert before the event, so you never forget. ThePony App provides you with a horse diary app feature. Within their Virtual Stable feature, you can input your horse’s medical routines and other events, with reminders. It also allows you to directly pay any equine services you may have used, making it quick and easy.
Having access to my horse’s diary in my back pocket and notifications to remind me of events, was a massive help. Being able to organize recurring appointments such as vaccinations, worming programs, farriers etc. is of great importance to both me and my horses. Equitracker is like a horse vaccination app, it focuses on the reoccurring appointments your horse has. Within the app it easily allows you to input the details about your horse. Then provide information for appointments your horse has had, such as the last time they had their jabs. You’re then given the option of how many weeks between each appointment. The app then automatically calculates the next date for their appointment. It also gives you a countdown and a reminder of when it’ll be. I find it simple but effective.
These are great apps for organizing my equine diary and keeping me up to date with everything. I also want to be able to keep a record of my horse’s previous medical history. Another one of the horse health apps I look at was Equibuddy. It is a horse record keeping app, which allows you to take photos or downloads of all your horse’s medical documents. Allowing you to keep a log over time to refer to if you need to. You have the option to give access to your horse’s records to equine professionals such as vets, farriers, chiropractors etc. So they have quick access to your horse’s records whenever they may need it.
These are just some of the apps that are currently available. These are all apps for horse owners, to help with management and organization of your horse health. I found that just being able to have access always to all my horse’s information was a great help. If anything was to happen to the horses on some idle Tuesday afternoon, I can at least have access to their information at my fingertips.
Of course, there are plenty more apps set to be released, such as the Huufe App. This app includes the features of Horse Profiles and Stable Management. In both the features, they aim to provide you with as much information about your horse as possible. The Horse Profiles will allow you to input all the details about your horse such as color, breed, passport number etc. The Stable Management feature is designed with organization in mind. Allowing you to log all your horse’s appointments and sending you reminders. It’ll also allow you to store the contact details for any equine services you may use. This information can be shared with who ever you allow access to. So, information about your horse can be accessed quickly and easily whenever and wherever you are.
All these apps are there so equestrians can access what information they need about their horses whenever they need it. All helping with improving horse health and making life a little easier. Also giving us one less thing to think about, with notification automatically reminding us. No excuse for me to forget about the farrier again!