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Degree Students’ work represented at Saddle Research Trust’s conference

Posted on 1st December 2014 in Equine Management, Higher Education

On Saturday 29th November we took 5 of our Degree students’ dissertation posters to the Saddle Research Trust’s conference at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.  The aim of this international conference is to investigate the very latest in horse, saddle and rider interaction, and to look into how scientific research can promote equine welfare and performance.

Written by students studying the BSc (Hons) Equine Management, the five projects were:

1. Celia Stone:  “Difference in relationship in length of the ‘mean’ canter stride of a horse and the intermediate strides within a two stride double fence.”

2. Nicola Jane Francis:  “Is peer pressure the greatest influence on the use of safety equipment by junior riders?”

3. Laura Stancombe:  “A pilot study into the effects of various mounting techniques on the pressure of the horse’s back.”

4. Sophie Keepax:  “A pilot study into the effect of a GPS and treeless saddle on the temperature of the horse’s back and its freedom of movement.”

5. Melanie Nahum:  “A pilot investigation into the limb phasing characteristics and stride length of fully shod, partially shod and barefoot horses.”

Sophie and Celia attended and both were extremely proud that their work was being examined by such high profile researchers.  Sophie is now a trainee lecturer at Reaseheath College and Celia is working in industry whilst saving up to train as a show jumping course designer.

Rosie Askham, a final year BSc  (Hons) Equine Management student who is also the recipient of this year’s Saddleworld fellowship, also attended the conference; the information gathered during the day will inform the study she is undertaking with Ken Lyndon-Dykes in to the horse, saddle, rider interaction. The poster from this will be presented at the 2016 bi annual Saddle Research Trust conference (subject to peer review).

Throughout the day there were a number of high profile speakers, including Anne Bondi, Dr Hillary Clayton and Sue Dyson.  The day was extremely inspirational and provided some excellent ideas about how we can incorporate technology in to our riding lessons, one example being the different use of smartphone applications.

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