No, not technically. But it’s more useful (not to mention way cooler) if you have one. You can purchase a Bluetooth-compatible monitor, gel, and anything else you might need to make full use of the app on shop.kerx.com.
After you download the app, select Register to set up your account for the first time.
You’ll then receive an e-mail confirming your registration. Check your spam filter if it doesn’t arrive immediately. (You can also contact us at [email protected].) Click that e-mail to confirm your account and set up your free trial, using the same credentials.
When you open the app the first time, the first thing you’ll do is create an account with a user name and password. Be sure to use the name and email your friends, coach, or students would use to connect with you. If you’d like to be available to connect with others and allow others to connect with you, be sure to enable those settings (slide to green).
Click to register and you’ll receive an email confirmation. Click that to access the website, where you’ll log in using the same credentials. This is the online dashboard, where you’ll be able to set preferences and access a deeper level of reporting on your conditioning work.
Attach Bluetooth transmitter to the breastplate, neck strap, or grab strap on the saddle. Add contact gel to top (shorter) electrode and place under the saddle pad, on the horse’s back. Placement of this electrode can be tricky, but it seems to stay best when placed right below the dip of the withers under the panel of the saddle. It can also be placed further back under the saddle, closer to where your thigh would rest. Add contact gel to the bottom (longer) electrode and connect it to the girth of the saddle. We like this electrode to be low on the horse, right above the heart area.
The electrode set comes with two rubber connectors. One is generally large enough for most girths. Be sure to tighten the girth to keep the electrodes from slipping. Too much movement of the electrodes can cause unwanted heart-rate variations. The wires can be pushed under the saddle, between the saddle and saddle pad, or they can be left untucked. See a video demo.
On the app, click the Stable icon along the bottom. Select Horses. Click the + in the top right corner to add a horse. Only add horses you personally own or have primary management of. If you’re riding a friend’s horse and they have the app, request a Connection (see below) to avoid duplicating data.
Worktypes are filters that enable you to see trends within specific types of rides (for example, trot sets versus jump schools). At least one needs to be established before running your first session. From the Stable menu, define your most common Worktypes and save.
To simplify viewing and analysis by Worktype, you can color-code your established Worktypes on the website. To do so, sign in to the website and go to Profile, then Worktype Tags on the second level of navigation. It is not necessary to set up these tags before running a session.
In the Stable menu, create a list of Locations where you most often ride. To do so, click Locations, then the + in the upper right corner. For example: Home, Trainer, Park. You’ll need to have these options pre-loaded to run a session. This will also enable to you to filter and see a summary of how your work sessions vary by location.
Click Session on the bottom navigation, then New Session. Use the menus to specify the Horse, Location, and Worktype. Then just hit the green “Start Session” button. You’ll see a GPS dot confirming your location. Once your session has started, swipe left to see a running counter of the session.
When you complete a ride, hit the red “End Session” button. You’ll have the option to store the session locally or upload it. If you’re in an area with poor reception, store locally and upload once you’re within WiFi or 4G range.
On the app, go to Session along the bottom navigation, then click on Session History. You’ll see a list of all sessions. Click on the session you’d like to view to see summary data.
To see the full session data, including the Premium map and heart-rate graphs, log on to the website above and select Sessions from the menu. KER ClockIt Sport is launching with complimentary Premium access for all users. Sign up to continue Premium access after this promotional period ends.
Helpful for event preparation and those riding several horses, create a Work Plan to get a quick look at your upcoming ride schedule on your Session calendar.
To create a Work Plan, sign in to the website and go to your calendar on the Session tab. Enter the date, horse and worktype of the planned ride on the right side. Click “submit” and your planned work will display on the calendar in addition to saved sessions.
A Connection is a way to share a Horse. If you own a horse, but a friend or your trainer also rides it, you would use a Connection so any sessions ridden on that horse end up on one central account to give the Owner full visibility of that horse’s workload. A Rider will be able to run sessions on a Horse managed by its Owner. Owners can specify which of their Horses are visible to specific Trainers. A Trainer can view live and saved sessions on connected Horses.
KER ClockIt Sport Premium will be available to all users for a limited time.
A Premium subscription grants additional access to in-depth session reports and insights available on the website. Premium subscribers can see a detailed breakdown of every ride, including a responsive map and graph showing speed, altitude, and heart rate throughout your ride—invaluable for assessing cardiovascular response to specific movements, programs, and hill work. Go Premium.
In the Stable menu, click Connections, then the Share icon in the top right corner. Search for the name of the user you want to connect to. When you find the right person, click the name and hit the “Offer Connection” button. Once he or she accepts the connection, you’ll be able to share Horse and Session data.