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Equine Research Update 14-15


Jonathon Hadley (BSc (Hons) Equine Management) and Linda Greening presented work investigating nocturnal behaviour of Equus caballus in different stable designs at the International Society of Equitation Science Conference 2014 in Denmark. At this conference Warren Lampard (MSc Sports Coaching) and Jane Williams also presented work investigating if interval training prepares the elite eventing horse for competition. Sophie Dixon (BSc (Hons) Equine Science) and Vicky Lewis also presented work investigating the number of elite dressage riders competing with pain in the United Kingdom.

Heather Stephenson (BSc (Hons) Equine Science), Anke Twigg-Flesner and Emma Davies presented work upon maternal cortisol levels in primiparous and multiparous thoroughbred mares during abrupt pasture weaning at The British Society of Animal Science Conference 2014 in Nottingham.

A number of Hartpury students and staff presented work at the International Conference of Equine Exercise Physiology 2014 in Chester.  Alyssia Fiander (BSc (Hons) Equine Science) and Jane Williams presented work on the impact of playing strategies in low-goal polo-ponies, Gina Moore (MSc Equine Science), Kathryn Nankervis, Lucy Dumbell and Jenny Douglas presented work comparing the piaffe in competition with the FEI definition of the movement, and Laura Entwistle, Samantha Gervaise-Baker and Stephanie Earl (BSc (Hons) Equine Science), Kathryn Nankervis and Anke Twigg-Flesner presented work looking at thoracolumbar flexion‐extension during water treadmill walking.

Ruth Kennerley (BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science), Victoria Lewis and Emma Davies presented work looking at whether elite event riders use scientific training principles to prepare their horses for competition at the International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport 2014 at Loughborough University.

Hartpury students and staff attended the Alltech-Hartpury Student Conference 2015 at Hartpury College. This annual event provides students with a great opportunity to meet industry professionals and present their own research to their peers. Sophie Colley (BSc (Hons) Equine Management) presented her work on whether duration of nocturnal sleep behaviours are associated with competition performance, Sophie Dixon (BSc (Hons) Equine Science) presented work investigating the number of elite dressage riders competing with pain in the United Kingdom, and Katrina Long (BSc (Hons) Equine Management) presented work examining the influence of pelvic tilt on horse riders’ trunk position during canter. Francesca Peszynska (BSc (Hons) Equine Management) also presented work on the effect of stirrup length on rider position in light seat, and Charlotte Forkes (BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science) presented work relating to rider perception of horses on the bit.



Several students have had their dissertation work published in peer-reviewed journals:

David Quest (MSc by research in Equestrian Performance): Williams, J.M., Johnson, C., Bales, R., Lloyd, G., Barron, L and Quest, D. (2014)  Analysis of Temporalis and Masseter adaptation after routine dental treatment in the horse via surface electromyography. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 10 (4), 223-232


Alyssia Fiander (BSc (Hons) Equine Science):  Williams, J.M. and Fiander, A. (2014) The impact of full vs. half chukka on recovery in low goal polo ponies. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 10 (2), 139-145.

Fiander, A. and Williams, J.M. (2014) The impact of playing strategies in low-goal polo-ponies. Equine Veterinary Journal, 46 (S46), 12.


Laura Entwistle, Samantha Gervaise-Baker and Stephanie Earl (BSc (Hons) Equine Science): Nankervis, K., Entwistle, L., Gervaise‐Brazier, S., Earl, S. and Twigg‐Flesner, A. (2014) Thoracolumbar Flexion‐Extension During Water Treadmill Walking. Equine Veterinary Journal, 46 (S46), 53-54.


Gina Moore (MSc Equine Science): Moore, G., Nankervis, K., Dumbell, L. and Douglas, J. (2014) A comparison of piaffe in competition with the FEI definition of the movement. Equine Veterinary Journal, 46 (S46), 44-44.


Claire Bishop (BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science): Mata, F., Johnson, C. and Bishop, C. (2015) A cross-sectional epidemiological study of prevalence and severity of bit-induced oral trauma in polo ponies and race horses. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science [Online], 13, 1-10.