Sunday, July 20, 2008

Horse Training in the Future

High-tech horse training buggy today, bionic horses tomorrow

Sometimes the power of one horse is all you need — especially if that horse is one you're looking to train and keep tabs on. The Roush horse buggy lets its operator do just that, providing them with a steady stream of information about the animal's well-being, all the while trotting and galloping the horse at different speeds in a controlled manner, up to almost 40 mph. The cabin is mercifully motorized, and (as if the horse didn't have enough of a burden) it holds three: a driver, trainer and a vet.

The cabin, which is mounted rearward of the horse, includes a centrally mounted drivers seat.

On board systems include 12-volt and 240-volt electrical supplies, to power systems such as computerised heart, blood oxygen and fitness monitoring. All this just for the horse!
Roush Technologies developed the buggy for horse-and-camel training equipment company Kurt Systems out of Turkey. Is this a bold new age for training super-horses or, like Ivan Drago from Rocky IV, will technological might still get trumped by an underdog horse with some heart? Roush expects the vehicle to enter production soon.

What will they come up with next??

Maybe someone will come up with something like this for people training for the olympics! Wonders never cease to amaze me!

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