This has to be one of the coolest things we’ve seen in awhile. If you’ve ever played those Equestriad-type computer games, you’ll be just as excited about this.
Racewood Equestrian Simulators has designed an eventing simulator, complete with the option to perform upper-level dressage tests, jump around a technical cross country course, and try to keep it all together in the show jumping — all without ever setting foot on a real horse.
Racewood has produced several different simulators for everything from racing to polo, so it seems natural that the eventing simulator was on the way. Think everything will be perfect and you’ll easily finish on your dressage score every time? Think again. The horse is able to refuse, so best to keep that leg on and eye up, even on the mechanical horse.
Different sensors are placed on various parts of the “horse’s body,” allowing the rider to give signals and ask for things such as a flying change or a longer stride. It seems that this simulator is about as close as you can get to the real thing without leaving your home.
So, what do you think? Would you give this simulator a try? Or do you prefer to test your skills out on the real thing any day? Weigh in with a comment below.