Thursday, April 13, 2017

Waze for Horses

I think most people with a smartphone who travel are probably familiar with the Waze navigation app. If you aren't, it's a service owned by Google that helps navigate you like Google Maps does, but it has a more interactive nature to it. Users can notify the app of cops, debris on the road, congested traffic, vehicles stopped on the shoulder, etc. You name it so far as road hazards and the app probably has an alert feature. Additionally, because of the interactive nature, the app tends to navigate the user around congested areas better than others I've used. I love it.

While I was riding an uncharacteristically spooky Griffin the other day, I thought about how nice it would be if there was a Waze for Horses. Now, this is a total hypothetical thought because obviously this couldn't work in real life, but bear with me.

How nice would it be to have little notifications about all the potentially scary upcoming things in your riding path?

"Scary leaf reported ahead."



"Potential black hole to another dimension [puddle] reported in 0.1 mile."



"Herd of cows reported on the left in ¼-mile."



"Suspicious-looking stump reported in 0.4 mile."



Seriously though. It would be SO nice to not have to play a guessing game as to what may "terrify" my horse next, but instead just know how far away said "monster" was. This would save my ass so much (literally), and it would help train horses to cope and learn that not everything is a terrifying monster quicker because the potential "lurking monsters" wouldn't also be a surprise to the rider.

What do you think?

20 comments:

  1. I'd use that, especially as someone with a spooky pony, but I also wish they'd make a Waze for Horse Trailers! It'd always add about 20% more time to your trip estimate, and it would warn you about or avoid roads you probably can't get the trailer down.

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  2. Hilarious idea but the whole screen would be warnings!

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  3. That cow photo is pretty darn freaky though if you ask me!

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    1. lol that's why I picked it. I think I googled "zombie cows"

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  4. Hmmmmm....if I used that on Gen every stick, fallen log or piles of twigs would alert. It'd be going off every 20 seconds. :)

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  5. It is a good idea. I can see Carmen's posts now:
    'waving grass at C- likely advancing hordes of trolls',
    'armed squirrels in apple tree, approach sideways while snorting'
    'vultures disguised as chickadees spotted in field, do not turn your back on them'.

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    1. Bahahahahaha your examples are amazing.

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    1. That would likely be an alert "OMFG PANIC". Panic...why? At least I'd know *when* haha

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  7. HAHAHAA love this! Apollo spooked pretty hard at a tiny mushroom once.

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    1. OMG, Q spooks at the DUMBEST things and as a result I am now convinced that 90% of the time she's looking for an excuse to quit work. Butterflies (tiny ones), purple flowers amidst a sea of yellow flowers, that ONE leaf over there, that ONE blade of grass but not those others...ugh, mare.

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  8. Pretty sure for some places it would just be a constant notification because danger is everywhere~!

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    1. Yeah...have to have a soothing voice or sound to cue the alerts!

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