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Biomechanics - Think Outside the Box to Improve Welfare, Soundness and Performance in Horses and Riders

30 Oct 2015 18:00 - 21:00

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Biomechanics

Think Outside the Box to Improve Welfare, Soundness and Performance in Horses and Riders

30 October 2015, 6.30 - 9pm
Auchterarder Community Church Hall, 24 High Street, Auchterarder, Perthshire PH3 1DF
£10 - Including wine and refreshments
Pay on the door, please register your interest by email with tricia.halley@bhs.org.uk - open to all!

Join BHS Scoland and the F&I Association for an evening of talks and networking.

The use and application of biomechanics and performance analysis within the equestrian world has become increasingly popular, owing to its positive influence on performance. Russell Guire, founder of Centaur Biomechanics, started using biomechanics and performance analysis in 2006 and has worked with elite and non-elite athletes in all equestrian spheres- show jumping, eventing, dressage and Para dressage- ever since. As well as this, Russell has carried out many research projects looking at the effect that saddles, bridles, rein tension, studs, surfaces and travelling has on horse and rider performance. More recently he formed the team behind the Fairfax Performance Girth which was designed to improve movement and pressure on the run up to the London 2012 games. Russell is currently studying for his PhD at the internationally renowned Royal Veterinary College working within the Structure and Motion Lab – Russell’s study will be focusing on horse and rider interaction and the effect that this has on muscle development. This presentation will outline the use and application of biomechanics and performance analysis, discussing current research in an attempt to provide a “think outside the box” solution to help improve welfare, soundness and performance of both horse and rider. This visual presentation will include footage taken from London 2012, Badminton Horse Trials, Puissance, Western and Barrel racing all of which highlight the demands placed on moderns sports horses and the need for a cohesive approach to improving welfare, soundness and performance.
Biomechanics at work

 

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