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Guidelines for the Measurement of Rein Tension in Equestrian Sport

Clayton, Hilary and MacKechnie-Guire, Russell and Byström, Anna and Le Jeune, Sarah and Egenvall, Agneta (2021). Guidelines for the Measurement of Rein Tension in Equestrian Sport. Animals. 11 , 2875
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Simple Summary: The reins are used to control speed and direction of the horse's movement through the application of tension by the rider. When the rider holds the reins with a constant light contact, the mechanics of each gait is associated with a cyclic pattern of head and neck movements that is revealed in rein tension oscillations that have a typical shape and repetition frequency in each gait. The effects of the rider's aids, rider imbalance and extraneous movements of the horse's head and neck are superimposed on the basic patterns of the gaits. Rein tension is of interest to scientists and horsemen alike. Tension is relatively easy to measure but the equipment, analytic techniques and reporting of rein tension vary greatly. This paper makes recommendations to guide the selection of suitable equipment and appropriate methods for the collection, analysis and reporting of rein tension data. The goals are to describe correct procedures and common pitfalls in the collection, analysis and reporting of rein tension data that will facilitate comparisons between different studies.Rein tension is relatively easy to measure, and the resulting data are useful for evaluating the interaction between horse and rider. To date, there have been a number of studies using different transducers, calibration methods and analytical techniques. The purpose of this paper is to make recommendations regarding the collection, analysis and reporting of rein tension data. The goal is to assist users in selecting appropriate equipment, choosing verified methods of calibration, data collection and analysis, and reporting their results consistently to facilitate comparisons between different studies. Sensors should have a suitable range and resolution together with a fast enough dynamic response, according to the gait, speed and type of riding for which they will be used. An appropriate calibration procedure is necessary before each recording session. A recording frequency of 50 Hz is adequate for most rein tension studies. The data may be analyzed using time-series methods or by extracting and analyzing discrete variables chosen in accordance with the study objectives. Consistent reporting facilitates comparisons between studies.

Authors/Creators:Clayton, Hilary and MacKechnie-Guire, Russell and Byström, Anna and Le Jeune, Sarah and Egenvall, Agneta
Title:Guidelines for the Measurement of Rein Tension in Equestrian Sport
Series Name/Journal:Animals
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:11
Article number:2875
Number of Pages:17
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2076-2615
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Medical Bioscience
Keywords:rein sensor, horse, rider, calibration, analysis, magnitude, peak
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115037
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115037
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DOI10.3390/ani11102875
Web of Science (WoS)000726352000001
ID Code:26425
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry
(VH) > Dept. of Clinical Sciences
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:23 Dec 2021 15:25
Metadata Last Modified:23 Dec 2021 15:31

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