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Equine Research Update 16-17


A number of equine students (Katie Baldwin (MRes Equestrian Performance), Poppy Stallard (BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science), Sian Ellis, (MSc Equine Science), Leah Palmer (MSc Equine Science) and Tracey Bye (MSc Equine science) alongside their supervisors Vicky Lewis, Lucy Dumbell and Linda Greening presented their research at the International Conference on Equitation Science 2016 which was held at the French Institute for Horse and Riding . This research covered such as positive reinforcement of an operant task using tactile stimulation and food, limitations in the use of forelimb data in accurately determining laterality in horses, elite event riders who compete with pain, and the pressure exerted by a conventional square saddle pad and a novel wing saddle pad behind the saddle. The conference abstracts for these presentations were also published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research.

Sarah Collop-Smith (PG Cert Equine Science) and Emma Habershon (MSc Equine Science) alongside Linda Greening and Professor Tony Ghaye, presented a poster upon ‘Perceptions of positive equine welfare’ at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) conference 2017 at the University of London.

Izabela Motyl (MRes Equestrian Performance) has been doing much of the Event Simulator training for us this year and her work comparing the range of movement of rider’s joints when riding a live horse and a simulator was presented at The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Conference 2016 in Nottingham.

Many students, including Grace Winham (BSc (Hons) Equine Science), presented their dissertation projects as posters at the Alltech-Hartpury Student conference. Grace’s work looked at equine nocturnal behaviour patterns and non-associative learning.

Student contributions to the Equine Research Seminar Series included Amy Hoffman-Trejo (BSc (Hons) Equine Science) on ‘Effects of different extenders in the progressive motility of equine spermatozoa’ and Merlin Perlo (BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science) on ‘Psychology of rider injury’. Merlin also presented a poster at the BASES Student Conference in Plymouth on the same topic.

Lauren Catherall (MRes Equestrian Performance) worked with Kathryn Nankervis on a joint water treadmill project with the Animal Health Trust, Centaur Biomechanics and Warwickshire College. Students helped raise £1200 for Spinal Research in December by keeping both riding simulators ridden for 24 hours – they were joined in the final hour by show jumping legends Tina Fletcher, Tim Stockdale and Peter Charles.



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

Kathryn Lefrancois (MSc Equine Science): Lefrancois, K. and Nankervis, K.J. (2016) Distal Limb Movement in Walk on a Treadmill with and Without Water. Equine Vet Journal, 48, 24–25.

Megan Wilson (MRes Equestrian Performance): Wilson M, Twigg-Flesner A (2017) A Preliminary Comparison of Semen Quality between Competing and Non-Competing Equine Stallions. Journal of Veterinary Science and Technology, 8, 443.

Kerry Kuznik (BSc (Hons) Equine Science): Lesniak, K, Williams, J, Kuznik, K and Douglas, P (2017) Does a 4–6 Week Shoeing Interval Promote Optimal Foot Balance in the Working Equine? Animals, 7(14): 29.

Katie Baldwin (MRes Equestrian Performance): Lewis, V., Katie Baldwin. and Dumbell, L. (2016) A preliminary study into elite event riders who compete with pain. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 89-90.

Poppy Stallard (BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science): Lewis, V., Dumbell, L. and Poppy Stallard (2016) A preliminary investigation to compare the pressure exerted by a conventional square saddle pad and a novel wing saddle pad behind the saddle. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 15, 92.

Sian Ellis (MSc Equine Science): Ellis, S. & Greening, L. (2016) Positively reinforcing an operant task using tactile stimulation and food – a comparison in horses using clicker training. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, 15, 78.

Leah Palmer (MSc Equine Science) and Tracey Bye (MSc Equine science): Greening, L; Palmer, L. & Bye, T. (2016) A preliminary investigation which indicates the use of the forelimb data has limitations in accurately determining laterality in horses. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, 15, 84.

Francesca Bradley (BSc (Hons) Equine Science): Francesca Bradley’s dissertation investigating if saddle fitters could reliably palpate the last thoracic vertebra (funded by a British Horse Foundation Bursary) was published on the BEFRED website.