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Has anyone heard of this? Some people have come up with a dressage simulator.
I can see this device being useful to see how one's position is. It tells you whether you are on center and how your legs and reins are. However, it isn't practical to have one at home because the price is somewhere in the 30-70k range. I'd hop on one if I had the chance, but I wouldn't buy one. What do you think?
 
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I think that machine would explode due the overload of data of what is wrong with my seat! It does look like a cool machine. I'd be curious to see what some of the upper level riders think.
 

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I want to ride it to know if it's me, my horse, or both us off off balance lately! I think it would be an interesting diagnostic tool, but I wonder how it compensates for the real movement of a horse. I know my horse is a fairly straight traveler but not that smooth and straight!
 

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Wow! I would love to get a chance to get on one of those things! I can see that being a great educator.

LOL, could you imagine having one at home? Gosh, imagine the thoughts of those who drive past your window being able to see in your house...seeing that thing?
 

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I think for $70,000 I'd just buy a super well-schooled, but very stroppy FEI horse! That way it could just buck me off to tell me how badly I was sitting ;)
 

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I agree , that looks pretty cool!
 

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That is pretty cool, I would love to sit in one to see where I stand! All though I have to agree, if I had that much money I think I would buy a real dressage horse!
 

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Hi Guys...was googling and found this thread..for everyone that is wondering what this machine is like, I have one! I actually got the first one delivered worldwide in the fall of 2008. It is an absolutely amazing training aid. We have yet to have any beginners on it to learn to ride, all our clients are intermediate dressage riders who come weekly to train on the simulator and improve their position and perfect their aids. The great thing about this is the instructor is standing beside you while you're in motion, able to manipulate you position at the canter etc and you also have the computer feedback, saddle sensors and the use of mirrors. We are in Canada...but I thought I'd give you a little first hand knowledge..to see more about it and our studio go to www.theperfectlyschooledhorse.com we will be updating with some videos of the lessons in the coming weeks..if anyone has any questions feel free to ask!
 

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How would you compensate for the fact that every single horse travels differently? A person might have perfect balance and form on the simulator but be a sloppy mess on an actual horse just because the feel is different.
 

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How would you compensate for the fact that every single horse travels differently? A person might have perfect balance and form on the simulator but be a sloppy mess on an actual horse just because the feel is different.
This is not something that should require any compensation...the purpose of the simulator is a training aid allowing the rider to develop a good seat, utilizing proper biomechanics made easier to obtain with the instructor by your side able to manipulate your body while in motion, (not possible on a live horse) and the feedback from the balance sensors, video screen and mirrors. (and a horse that never gets tired! :) )
A rider that has developed a good seat can easily adapt to any horses movement.
 

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That thing is really cool! At the price, it would only be reasonable in a school type setting, but if it ever got cheaper it would be a great tool for anyone.
 

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If I had the money for one I'd totally spring for this. :D Looks awesome.
 

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I just did two sessins on the simulator. It wasn't quite as informative as I'd hoped, but I did learn something about how I was using my hands that lead to a HUGE breakthrough!
 
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