Journal article

Metacarpal geometry changes during Thoroughbred race training are compatible with sagittal-plane cantilever bending

JS Merritt, HMS Davies

EQUINE VETERINARY JOURNAL | JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: Bending of the equine metacarpal bones during locomotion is poorly understood. Cantilever bending, in particular, may influence the loading of the metacarpal bones and surrounding structures in unique ways. HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesised that increased amounts of sagittal-plane cantilever bending may govern changes to the shape of the metacarpal bones of Thoroughbred racehorses during training. We hypothesised that this type of bending would require a linear change to occur in the combined second moment of area of the bones for sagittal-plane bending (I) during race training. METHODS: Six Thoroughbred racehorses were used, who had all completed at least 4 years of ..

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