You Are Designed To Move

MiraColt provides organic motion by accurately reproducing the complex, three-dimensional walking motions of a horse to challenge:

  • Trunk balance and coordination
  • Muscle strength and flexibility
  • Neuromotor function and timing
  • Posture alignment and symmetry
  • Cognitive focus and calming
  • Joint mobilization and relaxation
  • Vascular circulation and respiration

The benefits of organic motion for virtually ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE

MiraColt’s patented technology accurately reproduces the complex motion caused a horse’s walking pattern. A motion capture system is used to test the horse’s walking pattern and produce MiraColt’s simulated motion.

The graphs below show X, Y, and Z axis translations (left) and rotations (right) of the riding surfaces of the horse and of MiraColt. 

Horse’s Walking Motion: Solid Lines

Simulated Motion: Dotted Lines

Recording Target Motion

Dr. Brian Garner led research to record the motion patterns of a number of different horses as they were led around a riding arena in a simulated hippotherapy session.  The horses were experienced in hippotherapy, led by trained guides at a moderate walking pace, and ridden by healthy children between eight and twelve years old.  A six-camera video motion capture system was arranged in the arena to record the motions of numerous markers placed on the horse, saddle (or surcingle), and rider.  The recorded data included the three-dimensional trajectories of all markers over the duration of the riding session.  This data was processed through proprietary algorithms to extract clean, smooth, and realistic representations of the periodic, three-dimensional translational and rotational motion of the riding surface. 

Reproducing Motion

MiraColt consists of a stable base and a moving saddle structure.  The saddle structure is suspended above the base by eight cables – two cables attaching at each corner.  The cables are redirected from the saddle structure through pulleys, and down to lever arms that pivot about an axis fixed to the base.  A set of cams rotates about an axis fixed to the base, and these cams engage the lever arms and cause them to pull on the cables, thereby moving the saddle structure.  The shape of the cams determines the movement pattern of the saddle structure.  Dr. Garner developed a detailed computer model that calculates the appropriate cam shapes needed to reproduce a target motion pattern, which in this case is the processed motion data obtained from the riding measurements.

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