KINEMATIC ANALYSIS OF TAKE OFF PARAMETERS DURING LOOSE JUMPING IN YOUNG UNTRAINED HORSES

  • P.N.R. Powers
  • A.J. Harrison
  • N.B. Storey
Keywords: kinematics, hone, loose jumping, take off, multiple trials

Abstract

This study examined the kinematic differences at take off between two groups of young untrained horses. SVHS Video recordings (50Hz.) were obtained of 16 untrained horses loose jumping a parallel fence (lm by 0.50m). Three attempts for each horse were digitised. Eight horses were successful at clearing the fence on each occasion (Group 1) and eight were consistently unsuccessful (Group 2). MANOVA revealed significant between-group differences for centre of gravity (CG) height (p=0.018), and CG distance from the fence at take off (p=0.008). No significant differences were found for trial effect. The practical relevance of these results is discussed.