Perhaps surprisingly, we know very little about turning in horses. A better understanding of the demands of turning could inform course design, fitness, stress on the musculoskeletal system and appropriate use of studs.
Dr Heather Cameron-Whytock, Dr Russell MacKechnie-Guire and myself have designed a study to investigate turning and we are looking for volunteers within around 1-2h of Myerscough College Equestrian Centre (PR3 0RY) to take part.
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 25th and/or THURSDAY 26th October 2023
HOW LONG: 1-2h maximum – 1 day only unless you want come twice
WHERE: Myerscough College Equestrian Centre, St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow, PR3 0RY
WHAT: ~15min of cantering on different size circles (20m, 30m and 40m) broken down into 2min short sessions with recovery in between
REQUIREMENTS: Sound, fit horses capable of easily undertaking ~15min of cantering. Eventing, hunting, team chashing, point-to-point horses, endurance horses or polo ponies would be ideal.
WHAT YOU GET: The chance to take part in some ground-breaking research and chat to the researchers, some data and feedback on your horse, diesel expenses.
If you are still interested, please complete this short form. You can enter your own details and details for up to 3 different horses. If you wish to bring more than 3 then please fill in the form a second time.
We will then get back to you with full details of the study. After reading the full details of the study, if you decide you would definitely like to take part then you will be required to read and sign some forms to provide your consent (also known as ‘participant information and consent’ forms).
The study is approved by the ethics committee of UCLAN.
PLEASE NOTE – You must be 18 or OVER to take part in this study.
Dr David Marlin
Dr Heather Cameron-Whytock
Dr Russell MacKechnie-Guire