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Virtual/online lessons with your trainer

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  • Virtual/online lessons with your trainer

    For those of you who are still able to ride, have any of your coaches implemented online, live streaming lessons?

    If so, what technology did you use?

    Would like to start doing this (both with my trainer and students), but can’t find much info online. Needs to be able to be done fairly low-tech - mobile phone, earphones and an internet connection - if possible.

    Experiences? Thank you!!

  • #2
    We're not allowed to ride now, but when my trainer was in Florida this season, we used the Pixem system. It worked really well but there were some glitches. First, make sure you have all the technology working and your account set up before your scheduled lesson (I had a problem with my credit card payment and while I thought I had an account, I didn't and they are in Europe so hard to get customer service during a late afternoon ET lesson). The second is that both parties must have descent wifi or else it freezes. Third, it seems to work better with Apple products (ipad) than an Android phone - it focused better with the ipad than with my Android phone; or it could just be tablet vs phone.


    • #3
      It would be very easy to do virtual lessons. 3 people. 1 to video the rider. The world has become Zommers; using; It is generally the easiest to use.

      other video conferencing: facebook messenger video chat.
      Google hangout, Webex, GotoMeetint,, Bluejean

      virtual live clinics could be set up the same way. you could register, schedule private rides, audit for $ or for free. Set up as a webinar or meetings depending on the size of the classes.

      non horsey example are "virtual summits " or "virtual events"
      Another example, yoga classes and the like are going virtual.

      If some one had a Solo shot or something similar, then there would not be a need for a person to video.

      Rider wears bluetooth earbuds.
      another person uses the phone or device connected to the earbuds to video
      trainer gives feedback, teaches lesson from their connection.

      Then if they want to save their video, it could be repurposed for review later and or allow others to watch and learn like DressageTrainingOnline. Super easy to do.

      free, no cost to use for smaller number of people. Zoom is limited also by 30 minutes per meeting.

      zoom webinar, Bluejean, also do livestreaming to Facebook live and YouTube live. Then you have 1 to one in in the video conferencing app to many via live streaming. Just live stream to a private fb group if you don't the world to see.

      you all can do this! 🙂


      • #4
        Low tech option
        I use Facebook messenger. The rider props the phone up on something around C or A where most of the arena is in view. Wears Bluetooth headphones. I complain about their transitions and lack of preparation etc into my phone from my kitchen table.
        Downsides are there is a little lag time, need good cell service or wifi and sometimes the rider gets out of Bluetooth range.
        But it's pretty darn easy. And not expensive.


        • #5
          Sign up to Smart Coach. It is based in New Zealand but of course, being online, the beauty is it is global.


          • #6
            Use the live lesson program through pixem. You can use the actual pixem robot along with the app on your phone or just the app and have someone hold the phone and follow the rider. The livelesson Saturn has zero lag time. Connect a ceecoach to the phone and the rider wears the other ceecoach.
            the coach logs into the livelesson system and can teach from computer or iPad. The rider must pay for the livelesson subscription. It’s the best program I’ve used because there is zero delay.


            • #7
              While I imagine teaching riding would add some logistical hurdles, Zoom works nicely for yoga classes. The yoga studio I teach the bulk of my classes at went over to Zoom as soon as we were forced to close the brick and mortar building. I LOVE it. You can record to the cloud if you have the Pro version, too. Doesn't seem to be any lag time.

              Just don't forget that people can see you if your video is turned on and carry your device into the bathroom with you like that poor woman on TMZ the other day!


              • Original Poster

                Thanks guys, that gives me a lot of ideas to explore and try out! I’ll start with the cheapest first (I love the mental image of Goforward chopping veggies while glancing up at video of student and yelling “you call that a transition!?” ) and work my way up if needed!

                Thanks again!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by DressageD1va View Post
                  Use the live lesson program through pixem. You can use the actual pixem robot along with the app on your phone or just the app and have someone hold the phone and follow the rider. The livelesson Saturn has zero lag time. Connect a ceecoach to the phone and the rider wears the other ceecoach.
                  the coach logs into the livelesson system and can teach from computer or iPad. The rider must pay for the livelesson subscription. It’s the best program I’ve used because there is zero delay.
                  We just used regular cell phone (not Ceecoach) for talking to each other. The benefit of the Pixem is that it has auto zoom. Just using a phone and FB llive or Instagram TV for example, is that there is no zoom.


                  • #10
                    Our barn has not gone to video or stopped the trainers from coming out. We have a resident trainer and a dressage trainer who comes in weekly when she doesn't have shows. We DO require social distancing and the BOs wipe the door handles and light switches daily. They leave out bleach water and rags for people to wipe their keys, phones and things they want, and mandate everyone who comes in wash their hands immediately. Our barn isn't large at all, but enforcing such measures help make people safe. I bring my own box of kimwipes and 70% EtOH to spray door handles down.
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