Host of hot topics on the agenda at Saddle Research Trust Conference

Hot topics such as riders’ self-perception of body image and road-associated risks for riders will be raised at the Saddle Research Trust’s 4th International Conference, to be held virtually on Saturday 11th December 2021. The hot topics will bring to the fore some of the latest news and views within the equestrian industry, with the…

The gait analysis revolution to be discussed at Saddle Research Trust Conference

The benefits of gait analysis for equine performance and welfare will be debated at the Saddle Research Trust’s 4th International Conference, to be held virtually on Saturday 11th December 2021. In this second session of the day, leading veterinary authority on gait analysis, Dr. Filipe Serra Bragança, from the University of Utrecht Faculty of Veterinary…

State-of-the-art riding simulator to be unveiled at Saddle Research Trust Conference

The latest in engineering science has been applied to a new horseriding simulator which opens the door to new approaches to riding training and welfare of the ridden horse. The new equipment will be unveiled at the Saddle Research Trust’s 4th International Conference, to be held virtually on Saturday 11th December 2021. In the first…

World leading researchers set to discuss the future of the ridden horse at Saddle Research Trust Conference

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Saddle Research Trust’s 4th International Conference. To be held virtually on Saturday 11th December 2021, the event will bring together renowned researchers and vets from around the globe to discuss ‘Welfare and Performance of the Ridden Horse: The Future’. The conference will explore how science is…

The Rider Weight Study Part 3: The influence of rider size on changes in equine back dimensions, muscle tension and pain.

Following on from the summaries for Part 1 and Part 2 of the Rider Weight Study, Part 3 focuses on the changes seen in back dimensions, muscle tension and muscle pain after being ridden by riders of different sizes during the study. Potential factors for the changes were determined to include: the rider to horse…

How recognition of ridden horse pain behaviour has proved its usefulness in the advancement of equine welfare and performance

Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram Part 2: Application of the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram in the field The series of seven developmental studies produced a Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram (RHpE) that provided a useful tool for determining the presence of musculoskeletal pain in ridden horses performing poorly. The next step was to determine if it could…

Horses’ behaviour during tacking up and mounting: do horse owners recognise abnormal behaviour?

Dr. Sue Dyson led the study on tacking up behaviour in horses which involved a regular rider of each horse completing a questionnaire about the history of professional tack fitting, previous diagnosis of gastric ulceration, and their perception of the horse’s behaviour during tacking up and mounting. A similar questionnaire was completed by an experienced…

Equine Veterinary Education Podcast: ‘Application of a ridden horse ethogram to video recordings of horses before and after diagnostic analgesia’

In this podcast Sue Dyson discusses her recent article on application of a ridden horse ethogram to video recordings of horses before and after diagnostic analgesia and Stephen Purdy discusses small herd behaviour in domestic donkeys. Listen to the podcast here. View the full article here, which will be free to access until 26th October.

Prof Thilo Pfau, pioneer in the use of inertia measuring systems, describes recent advancements in the field

Dr Thilo Pfau is a computer scientist by training, who achieved his PhD in signal patterning and process recognition. Thilo moved from a postdoctoral research position at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California to the Royal Veterinary College Structure and Motion Lab in the area of biomechanics of quadrupedal movement. Through his exposure…

Is rider asymmetry affecting the welfare and performance of your horse?

Russell Mackechnie-Guire of Centaur Biomechanics discussed the prevalence and causes of rider asymmetry and the importance of the correct horse, rider and saddle combination at his presentation, given at the 3rd International Saddle Research Trust Conference in December 2018.  It seems that riders have a poor perception of their weight distribution! Russell’s presentation is amongst others, such as…