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Strain gauge measurement of rein tension during riding: a pilot study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 March 2007

Hilary M Clayton*
Affiliation:
College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Wesley H Singleton
Affiliation:
College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Joel L Lanovaz
Affiliation:
College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Gary L Cloud
Affiliation:
College of Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Abstract

A pilot study was performed using a strain gauge transducer intercalated between the bit and the left rein to measure rein tension dynamically during riding. The strain patterns consisted of a series of spikes with frequencies corresponding to two per stride in walk and trot and one per stride in canter. The highest tension recorded in each gait was 43 N at walk, 51 N at trot and 104 N in canter. Based on the results of this study, it is recommended that the methodology should be adapted so that both reins are instrumented simultaneously, data are transmitted telemetrically to eliminate the need for a tether connecting the horse to the computer, and kinematic data are synchronized with the rein tension recordings.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2005

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