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  1. The Effect of Tree Width on Thoracolumbar and Limb Kinematics, Saddle Pressure Distribution, and Thoracolumbar Dimensions in Sports Horses in Trot and Canter

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    | Contributor(s):: Russell MacKechnie-Guire, Erik MacKechnie-Guire, Vanessa Fairfax, Diana Fisher, Mark Fisher, Thilo Pfau

    This study evaluated the effect of saddle tree width on thoracolumbar and limb kinematics, saddle pressure distribution, and thoracolumbar epaxial musculature dimensions. Correctly fitted saddles were fitted by a Society of Master Saddler Qualified Saddle Fitter in fourteen sports horses (mean...

  2. Variables affecting the prevalence of behavioural problems in horses. Can riding style and other management factors be significant?

    | Contributor(s):: Normando, Simona, Meers, Lieve, Samuels, William Ellery, Faustini, Massimo, Ödberg, Frank O.

    The effects of riding style and various management factors on the prevalence of stereotypies and other behavioural problems among 346 mixed-breed saddle horses (phase 1) and 101 Arabian horses (phase 2) were analysed through a questionnaire answered by owners. In phase 1, the questionnaire data...

  3. Equine performance and equitation science: Clinical issues

    | Contributor(s):: Dyson, Sue

    The quality of equine performance can be influenced by pain, whether or not that results in overt lameness. Recognition of low-grade lameness is challenging, but with careful observation there are many clues which veterinarians, riders and trainers should recognise. Riders and trainers are...

  4. Horses: How Saddle Style Defines a Culture and the Skeletal System

    | Contributor(s):: Brandy Morgan

    This paper examines the way in which various parameters affect injury type and prevalence in horse eventing. The human-horse relationship has a long history that has continued to evolve, and their relationship is still strong today, especially in the role of sports and entertainment. In...

  5. Horses: How Saddle Style Defines a Culture and the Skeletal System

    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Brandon

    Throughout history different cultures have been greatly impacted by horses and their uses. Today horseback riding is still a very popular sport, and though it is more dangerous than other forms of transportation, such as motorcycle riding, horseback riding is still used in entertainment,...

  6. A retrospective survey of riders' opinions of the use of saddle pads in horses

    | Contributor(s):: Hawson, L. A., McLean, A. N., McGreevy, P. D.

    Horse riders have used layers between saddles and their horse's back since ancient times. Despite the apparent common usage of such layers, most research regarding pressures under horses' saddles seems to have been conducted without such layers present. An online survey of equestrian riders was...

  7. Kinematics of saddle and rider in high-level dressage horses performing collected walk on a treadmill

    | Contributor(s):: Bystrom, A., Rhodin, M., Peinen, K. von, Weishaupt, M. A., Roepstorff, L.