Force between Rider and Saddle or Stirrup – Balance of the Rider

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*starting at 3.200 EUR / 9.980 EUR (leasing available)


The riders‘ and stirrup loadpad® systems evaluate the total force between horse saddle and rider or between the feet and stirrups.

The loadpad® measures the normal total force using a thin, flexible sensor. Based on a new patent, it is the first sensor which can accurately measure the total force even if partially or heterogeneously loaded across the sensor surface. The loadpad® sensor has matchbox-sized electronics and communicates wirelessly via Bluetooth® with a mobile device. The force values are displayed in real time. The user can also receive immediate feedback regarding the applied force via an auditory, visual, or vibratory signal. The measured data can be stored on the mobile device and to the cloud and additionally transferred to a computer for a more detailed analysis. Long-term measurements allow the evaluation of different force parameters such as impulse, frequency, or loading rate.

loadpad real time force measurement for horse Photo credit: Marie Kellerbauer

How can riders use loadpad® for improving their technique? 

loadpad® offers riders and trainers a comprehensive system that includes the riders’ loadpad® and the stirrup loadpad®. The riders’ loadpad® monitors the normal force between the rider and the horse saddle, providing feedback on your balance, symmetry, and stability while riding. The stirrup loadpad® sensors measure the normal force exerted on the stirrups by the rider’s left and right foot. With the combination of both loadpads, you can precisely monitor your posture and balance, making it a convenient and reliable tool for riders and trainers alike. 

In addition to saddle and stirrup, there are for sure many other places on the horse and the rider where load measurement can be reasonable, e.g. under the bridle.

novel also offers the pliance® system, which allows for dynamic pressure distribution measurement. Both, the pliance® and the loadpad® sensor families are highly customizable, allowing for customer-specific requirements in terms of shape, size, sensitivity, and surface coating. All of our systems provide accurate, reproducible, and reliable pressure and force data. 

loadpad® benefits for riders and trainers: 

  • Measure the normal force during riding or standing with high accuracy 
  • Scan the saddle and/or stirrups with up to 100 Hz for accurate analysis 
  • Display forces in real-time and use biofeedback to immediately correct sitting position 
  • Use patented, capacitive sensors and small, lightweight electronics that don’t influence the movement of the horse 
  • Transmit the measurement in real time to mobile devices via bluetooth® 
  • Evaluate data with loadapp® or export ASCII format for scientific data analysis 
  • Operate with disposable or rechargeable coin cell batteries 


Join the revolution with loadpad® and unlock your true riding potential today!