The Racehorse - a miracle of bio-engineering

Can the equipment used affect the racehorse’s performance? by Dr Russell MacKechnie-Guire, Director: Centaur Biomechanics Ltd The racehorse is a miracle of bio-engineering; at the gallop, every motion cycle the front limb experiences considerable forces in the region of two times the horses bodyweight (~1 ton). Not only do the front limbs transfer high forces to the thoracic spine, the horses back is exposed to large propulsive forces both from the hindlimbs but also the dynamic forces of the jockey which can be in excess of two and half times the jockey’s body weight. The demands on the locomotor apparatus...

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