Horse measuring goes high-tech with new laser device

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An Irish pony breeder is behind a new digital measuring device for horses and ponies.

The new HeightLight is described as the world’s first handheld laser height measuring device, and was the brainchild of Michael Grace from Moanfin House Stud in Co. Tipperary.

It combines triangulation technology with mathematical theory. It is designed to bring accuracy to the measuring of horses and ponies for passports, competition and sale.

HeightLight has been in development for five years, and was launched at Britain’s Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham earlier this year.

The new HeightLight equine measuring device. © Capaltec

Its development led to the founding of Belfast-based start-up Capaltec to bring the technology to market. Capaltec CEO Robert Park  said the device is a world first. “For too long, the industry has depended on inaccurate measurements for equine purchasing or competition.”

He said this type of innovation had never been used for height measurement until now. “We’re already seeing the huge demand for this product through our pre-sales. This is just the beginning of our journey with HeightLight, as this type of technology can be utilised for so many other industries such as medical, construction or DIY.”

HeightLight is available for pre-order for £240 (including VAT). It comes with a carry case, wrist lanyard for use when measuring, two AA batteries and a mini screwdriver for battery access.

9 thoughts on “Horse measuring goes high-tech with new laser device

  • October 10, 2019 at 10:28 am
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    I am an official measurer in Australia. Where can I get more information on the digital measuring device please?

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  • October 10, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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    The problem with this device is you must place it on the correct spot on the withers. If you don’t know where the correct spot is supposed to be, then you will measure too tall or too short.

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    • October 11, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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      That is the same for any measuring method.

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    • October 11, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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      Hi Gabrielle, you are absolutely correct in identifying the requirement in horse / pony measurement to measure from the correct point on the withers.This is not so much a problem with the device, as inability to correctly identify the right point on the withers, which is equally a problem when measuring with a stick. One distinct advantage of HeightLight is that it is easier to find and hold the correct point on the withers as unlike measuring sticks horses / ponies are not as stressed as when approached or touched by stick and hence easier to relax into correct measuring position and the operation of measuring doesn’t require having to line up two spirit levels etc. Thanks for your interest in HeightLight, Robert Park, CEO

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  • October 10, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    how do we buy a measurer

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  • October 11, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    What’s the cost??

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  • October 11, 2019 at 11:38 pm
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    Hi Roger, HeightLight is priced at GBP £200 plus shipping costs and presumably any local taxes. Thanks for your interest, Robert Park, CEO

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