Presentation Title

ANALYSIS OF EQUINE GAITS TO OPTIMIZE ENGLISH-SPECIFIC DISCIPLINE ASSIGNMENTS

Faculty Mentor

Cord Brundage

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

201

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

There are over 400 different breeds of the domestic horse (Equus ferus caballus), each selectively bred for a purpose. Breed differences frequently result in a distinctive gait, or body movement. Individual horses may also have gait variations that differ from other members of that breed. When put under a saddle, these gait movements result in an altered experience for the rider; with some gaits causing increased jostling or rider movement. The utility of a horse in a specific discipline is dependent, in part, on the impact, or bounce, factor experienced while riding that horse. We analyzed the gait of horses (n=10) and created an analysis technique to predict, based on the trot gait, the degree of bounce factor that would be experienced on that horse. This technique will allow breeders, riders, and trainers working with a horse to quickly and objectively select the discipline best suited for that horse without needing to ride, and subjectively assign the horse to an English-specific discipline.

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ANALYSIS OF EQUINE GAITS TO OPTIMIZE ENGLISH-SPECIFIC DISCIPLINE ASSIGNMENTS

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There are over 400 different breeds of the domestic horse (Equus ferus caballus), each selectively bred for a purpose. Breed differences frequently result in a distinctive gait, or body movement. Individual horses may also have gait variations that differ from other members of that breed. When put under a saddle, these gait movements result in an altered experience for the rider; with some gaits causing increased jostling or rider movement. The utility of a horse in a specific discipline is dependent, in part, on the impact, or bounce, factor experienced while riding that horse. We analyzed the gait of horses (n=10) and created an analysis technique to predict, based on the trot gait, the degree of bounce factor that would be experienced on that horse. This technique will allow breeders, riders, and trainers working with a horse to quickly and objectively select the discipline best suited for that horse without needing to ride, and subjectively assign the horse to an English-specific discipline.