Equine students at Myerscough College’s Croxteth Park campus have welcomed a new arrival – a mechanical simulator to support them with their riding skills.
The Racewood simulator is the latest addition to the centre’s state-of-the-art facilities and will further enhance the experience of learners on equine further education study programmes. Students have decided to call the simulator ‘Lightening’.
The hi-tech equipment enables students and tutors to analyse in detail various aspects of their performance in real time, to help develop riding techniques in complete safety with the instructor beside them.
This encourages novice riders to relax the spine and pelvis and develop good posture and allows riders to experience a horse’s movement without the worry of falling oﬀ or the need to keep the horse going forward. The simulator will allow the tutor to stand by the horse and work closely with the students to develop conﬁdence and balance, and to improve posture in a safe environment.
You can watch the equine simulator in action here:
Helen Eaton, Assistant Principal – Liverpool, said: ‘’These simulators are unrivalled as an instructional aid allowing beginners to learn in complete safety with an instructor beside them.
‘’Lightening does exactly what it is instructed to do every time and can be used all day long. It only responds to the commands given. It is predictable, never misbehaves and has endless patience with unskilled or nervous riders.
‘’This will be an invaluable resource for all our Equine Studies learners. We can’t wait to use it!
‘’Thank you to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for their support.’’
by Dave Salmon