2 Day Equine Biomechanics Course & Saddle Fitting
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This two-day course will cover a variety of areas associated with equine back health, function and performance; in particular the effect that the saddle and rider has on whole horse locomotion. It will bring together some of the latest research and thinking - focusing on key areas of how the equine back functions, the impact that the rider has on the horse and the effect that the saddle has on the equine back. Topics that will be covered: " Equine back kinematics in sound and lame horses " Muscle activation in the thoracolumbar " Dynamic weight distribution in the lame horse " Thoracolumbar dimensions and its association with saddle position & spinal kinematics " Bits and bridles " Saddle fitting (see below) As well as this, research will be presented on some of the latest ideas around thoracic twelve and thirteen, plus we will present some of our new research on: training aids and rollers, tree width, rider asymmetry and vibration therapy.
This course will be part delivered by Mark Fisher, Master Saddler & Society of Master Saddlers Qualified Saddle Fitter. Attendees will gain a detailed understanding of the impact the saddle has on the horse and rider system, with various topics being covered associated with saddle fit. Following some of the principles of saddle fit, this course will provide you with a step by step guide on what to look for when evaluating saddle fit, the signs of well / ill-fitting saddles, out of balance saddles, asymmetric flocking and how to determine tree health. It will unravel some of the misconceptions on saddle fit - in particular: tree widths, use of half pads, saddle length and seat size. There will be both theory and practical sessions. Course attendees will look at horses subjectively and objectively using our 2D motion capture along with our 3D inertial sensors. We will put in to practice some of the research presented using some of the biomechanics systems. Attendees will get hands on experience on saddle fit and witness the effect that poor saddle fit can have on whole horse locomotion and rider biomechanics. This interactive course is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about the biomechanics of the equine back, along with the impact that the rider and saddle have on whole horse locomotion. Spaces are limited and can be booked here. CPD certificates for attendees To book http://www.centaurbiomechanics.co.uk/courses-and-dates/ About Centaur Biomechanics Centaur Biomechanics, founded by Russell Guire, is a company which is dedicated to bringing some of the latest thinking to the equine arena in order to optimise the welfare of the horse, promote soundness and optimise performance and training. Russell has worked with horses and riders at all levels and with elite athletes for over eleven years. He has carried out extensive research in to horse-saddle-rider interaction. Currently completing his PhD, Russell regularly presents his work at meetings and conferences throughout the world. This course not only brings the practical application of science, but also brings some of the latest thinking behind optimising the horse and rider system. Here are some of Russell's published research projects: " Murray R., Guire R., Fisher M. and Fairfax V. (2013) Girth pressure measurements reveal high peak pressures that can be avoided using an alternative girth design which also results in increased limb protraction and flexion in the swing phase. The Veterinary Journal 1, 92-97. " Murray R., Guire R., Fisher M. and Fairfax V. (2015), A bridle designed to avoid peak pressure locations under the headpiece and noseband is associated with more uniform pressure and increased carpal and tarsal flexion, compared with the horse's usual bridle. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 35, 947-955. " R. Guire, H. Mathie, M. Fisher and D Fisher. (2016), Riders' perception of symmetrical pressure on their ischial tuberosities and rein contact whilst sitting on a static object. " Pfau T and Guire R. (2016), Automated detection of basic equestrian exercises based on smartphone accelerometer data. " R. Guire, H. Mathie, M. Fisher and D Fisher. (2016), Relationship between saddle and rider kinematics, horse locomotion and thoracolumbar pressures in non-lame horses before and after correction of asymmetric saddle position. " R. Guire, M. Fisher, H. Mathie, T. Pfau, R. Weller. (2016), Relationship between saddle and rider kinematics, horse locomotion and thoracolumbar pressures in non-lame horses before and after correction of asymmetric saddle position. " Guire R, Weller R, Fisher M, Beavis J. Investigation Looking at the Repeatability of 20 Society of Master Saddlers Qualified Saddle Fitters' Observations During Static Saddle Fit. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 2017;56:1-5. " Murray R, Guire R, Fisher M, Fairfax V. Reducing Peak Pressures Under the Saddle Panel at the Level of the 10th to 13th Thoracic Vertebrae May Be Associated With Improved Gait Features, Even When Saddles Are Fitted to Published Guidelines. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 2017;54:60-9 Course Venue: Centaur Biomechanics HQ, Ashorne Rd, Nr Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire, CV35 9BD. Where to stay: " Redlands Farm House, B & B, 01926 651241 " Kings Head, Wellesbourne, 01789 840206, https://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/midlands/thekingsheadwellesbourne " Church Hill Farm, B & B, 01926 651251, [email protected] " Alternatively, an online search using CV35 9BD
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