As well as encouraging riders to have fun, make friends, explore new routes and reach amazing goals, the #Hack1000Miles campaign comes laced with a very important message - to hack safely, and this is why our sponsor Equisafety, is so important to us.
"The team at Equisafety are thrilled to be sponsoring Your Horse magazine's brilliant #Hack1000Miles campaign," says Equisafety's Managing Director Nicky Fletcher. "Hacking is a fantastic way of relaxing you and your horse, and a great way for improving fitness for both of you. Whether it be galloping on the beach, climbing the hills or just trotting through our glorious countryside."
Of course we all know high-vis is vital when you’re out and about for a number of reasons and Equisafety, being the world’s number one in specialist technical, equine hi-vis apparel offers the equestrian the largest range of products for themselves, their horse and even their dog, to suit all pockets.
"During 2017 we will be bringing you a fabulous selection of fashionable apparel, from reflective print patterns to reversible jackets and we have 10 new products on their way too," says Nicky. "The Charlotte Dujardin 2018 collection will also feature new designs."
New to the Equisafety range - the EQUIPROCAM
Launching at Badminton Horse Trials will be Equisafety's new EQUIPROCAM (RRP £149.99) - one of the most exciting products to come form the Equisafety range in recent years. It's the first of its kind and has been designed specifically for the equestrian market.
"It’s a sad fact when increased demand for head cameras is because roads are getting busier and high-vis just does not seem to be enough," says Nicky. "Sadly, 181 horses have been killed on our roads in the past five years, and there are probably countless near misses yearly."
To help horses and riders to stay safe on the roads, Equisafety has been researching the issue and finding out what riders require. The Equisafety team has worked with three factories to develop the ultimate camera that caters for all equestrian requirements.
" We carried out a survey that 1,500 people participated in," says Nicky. "We asked how long on average, they you hack out for. Forty one per cent said 1.5 – 2 hours, and this was the biggest percentage. However, when asked how long their head cam battery life was, only 28% said their battery lasted up to 120mins. 30% was up to 90mins and 25% up to 70mins."
Research complete, the team at Equisafety concluded that the battery life in most cameras simply wasn't acceptable. "A shorter battery life means riders have to change the battery mid ride. That's dangerous and means the full hack cannot be shown which is more important than most people realise."
Why is head cam battery life so important?
Ellen Shaw, Barrister at Lincoln House Chambers explains: "Video camera footage can be crucial both for an effective investigation into any incident and as evidence at trial, whether that be in a criminal or civil case. The video is most helpful if your entire ride is recorded - providing only partial footage means it could be suggested that the footage of the incident has been edited or partially deleted."
The team at Equisafety understands that not everyone can afford more expensive cameras, but worries that a less powerful battery means riders won't be able to record their whole hack and surely that is the point of wearing one?
"Our research told us that that only 28% of riders wear a hat camera," says Nicky. "Those who don't told us that they don’t have one because they wear high-vis, but it's important to know that while high-vis is vital and should be worn, it wouldn't help if you had to give evidence in court. We want to try and increase that number to help give riders more protection on the roads. It may not stop an accident but it will certainly help afterwards, so we're offering a two-month payment plan to help riders purchase their cameras.”