Journal article

Variation in GPS and accelerometer recorded velocity and stride parameters of galloping Thoroughbred horses

Ashleigh V Morrice-West, Peta L Hitchens, Elizabeth A Walmsley, Mark A Stevenson, Adelene SM Wong, R Chris Whitton

Equine Veterinary Journal | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: With each stride galloping horses generate large skeletal loads which influence bone physiology, and may contribute to musculoskeletal injury. Horse speed and stride characteristics are related, but the usefulness of using horse speed and distance travelled as a proxy for stride characteristics is unknown. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine stride characteristics, their variance, and their relationship with speed in horses performing maximally. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional analysis of archived data. METHODS: Stride characteristics obtained using GPS and inertial sensors in Thoroughbred horses were retrieved. Data per 200 m race segment ("sectionals") for horses comp..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for this study was provided by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc., Tasracing Pty Ltd, Racing Victoria, University of Melbourne, and the Victorian Racing Industry Fund of the Victorian state government.