The range of communication systems for riding lessons has grown significantly in recent years, but this does not make the choice any easier. Before deciding on an equestrian wireless training system, you should be clear about your own needs and not choose the seller solely on the basis of price.
The following points are important
Frequency of use: Especially professional riding instructors or ambitious riders who use the equipment very frequently should opt for a high-quality system. A very low price usually also means limited functionality, which can be unpleasant during intensive use.
Type of voice transmission: It must be decided whether the devices should transmit only when a key is pressed or permanently. And whether it is enough if the rider can only hear (One Way) or if the rider also wants to talk back (Two Way). Keep in mind, however, that with permanent two-way transmission, the riding instructor also hears the entire background noise on the rider’s side.
Individual or group lessons: Many models can be expanded for group lessons, but the maximum number of riding students varies.
Headset or Earphone and Microphone: One-way systems typically use an earphone for the rider and a small, very unobtrusive clip microphone for the coach. Two-way transmission requires both to wear a headset, which is an earphone with an integrated microphone. It should be possible to fix the rider’s headsets in place with plastic straps or rubber loops so that they fit securely even in faster gaits.
Size and attachment of the devices: Important: Not too big and as light as possible. Attachment is usually by belt clips, something on the side back of the waistband is the best position for this.
Operation: Riding instructor radio systems should be easy to operate. While one-way systems are usually almost self-explanatory, devices with multiple transmission options require some basic settings to be made before startup. An easy-to-understand instruction manual will help.
Service: Even in online retailing, customer service should be reliably available by phone and mail and offer competent advice. Good ratings and store certification by a reputable seal of approval provide additional security when buying.
Accessories/spare parts: An extensive range of accessories suggests a professional assortment, where spare parts can also be reordered if necessary. Transport cases and protective bags for the devices as well as alternatives for headsets are very useful.