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Equine Students Benefit From Innovative Technology

Posted on 8th October 2013 in Equine Management, HE News, Higher Education

Students studying the BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation and BSc (Hons) Equine Management degree programmes will for the first time, as part of their course, be using an innovative wire-free system to learn more about how each horse moves.

Designed and built by European Technology for Business (ETB), the Pegasus system uses sensors attached to brushing boots attached to the horse’s limbs.  These collect information on the motion of each leg which is then downloaded into software for analysis of stride length and degrees of motion to help build up an overall picture of the horse’s gait.

Some applications of this software on the degree programme include examining the different gait characteristics that endurance horses display versus school horses, investigating the effects of shoeing a horse versus partially shod and unshod horses in the same group and the impact that lungeing a horse can have.  In addition, the technology can also be used to improve riding ability since, for the first time, they will be able to see how they affect the movement of the horse.

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