Northrop, Alison, Dagg, Laura-Ann, Martin, Jaime, Brigden, Charlotte, Blundell, Emma, Peterson, Mick and Hobbs, Sarah Jane (2013) The Effect of Two Maintenance Procedures on an Equine Arena Surface in Relation to Motion of the Hoof and Metacarpophalangeal Joint. The Veterinary Journal, 198 (1). e137-e142.
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.09.048
A link between surface characteristics and injury has been identified in equine disciplines. Maintenance procedures are reported to affect surface characteristics and could influence horse movement. The study investigated limb and hoof movement on a synthetic surface following two different preparations (harrowing and rolling). Nine horses were recorded using infrared cameras and retro-reflective markers at walk, trot and canter on two surface preparations in a cross-over design. Hoof rotation and displacement, metacarpophalangeal joint (MCPJ) extension and third metacarpal (McIII) inclination (roll, pitch and yaw) were analysed using a general linear model. Surface hardness and traction were also measured. No differences in hoof rotations or hoof displacements were found between preparations. However, following harrowing, greater (P<0.05) MCPJ extension at mid-stance and greater (P<0.05) McIII adduction at impact was found when gait was grouped. Hardness and traction were statistically similar for both preparations. Alteration to the surface cushion appears to be sufficient to produce subtle changes in stride characteristics.
|Subjects:||C - Biological sciences > C300 - Zoology|
|Schools:||Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Sport and Wellbeing|
|Deposited By:||Sarah Jane Hobbs|
|Deposited On:||23 Dec 2014 13:58|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2016 12:51|
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