Effects of Different Riding Surfaces on the Hoof- and Fetlock-acceleration of Horses

  •  Lisa Kruse    
  •  Imke Traulsen    
  •  Joachim Krieter    


In the traditional equestrian disciplines such as dressage and jumping there is a multitude of riding surface types. Properties of riding surfaces are associated with risk of injury. The aim of the present study was to analyse the sport-functional properties of five different riding surfaces by acceleration measurements on horse’s hoof and fetlock. Six riding horses were used. The acceleration data were collected while the horses were trotted by hand on the different surfaces. Larger acceleration values during hoof landing were measured in outdoor arenas compared to indoor arenas. Larger values were associated with a harder surface. The acceleration values of hoof and fetlock were positively correlated. In conclusion differences in the sport-functional properties of various riding surfaces would be demonstrated. Concerning the sensor application it must be noted that the sensor mounting on horse’s hoof as well as on horse’s fetlock would be suitable for testing riding surfaces.

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