“World’s best invention!”
Maja purchased her Lusitano Icaró in Portugal. He was four years old and was put in training with Astrid for a year before arriving in Piteå. Maja really wanted to continue her training with Astrid – something that was easier said than done considering the distance of more than 4 000 km between the two. In the fall of 2019, Maja received word of Ridesum and quickly tried it out; would this be the solution to her training with Astrid? And sure enough, it worked like a charm. Maja now takes lessons from Astrid on a weekly basis.
“I love Ridesum, it’s the world’s best invention! And if it works between Vitsand (the community near Piteå where Maja lives) that is located between two mountains with almost no cell phone coverage and Portugal, well then it should work almost anywhere,” Maja says.
Maja’s mother videos the ride and Maja has her smartphone and headset to hear Astrid’s comments. Astrid in the meantime is sitting in her living room in Portugal. Maja purchased a new phone to get even better image and to stream the lesson via 4G.
Astrid in Portugal coaches Maja at a show in Sweden
Maja recently made her show debut with Icaró. Neither the horse or Maja have any show experience to speak of so Maja felt she needed all the help she could get. Astrid was online via Ridesum and coached Maja in her warm-up.
– Both my horse and I could relax, we calmed down and had a nice warm-up with Astrid in my ears. Via Ridesum she was able to see the whole test and was able to give me feedback immediately following the test, which was really helpful, says Maja.
Maja and Icaró scored a nice 65% in their show debut in L-class. In their next show, Maja is planning on having Astrid join once again through Ridesum.