Developing a protocol for measuring the rein tension of thoroughbred racehorses

Dean Bucknell, Hayley Randle

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Abstract

In racing as with other equestrian sports, the bridle translates communication between horse and rider. If a horse fails to respond to cues given through the bridle it may have a deleterious effect on performance and pose a safety risk to itself and other horses and riders. There is a growing body of literature regarding rein tension and the effect of different bits and bridles, however, there is no published literature regarding rein tension and the effect of various pieces of gear used with racehorses. An analysis of 210 Australian races found the average winning margin was 0.755 lengths or approximately 1.8m, in an 1800m race this means an improvement in performance of 0.1% may be the difference from first to second. In a NSW metropolitan race this would equate to a difference in prize money of $35000 (AUD) and therefore could arguably have a substantial impact on long term welfare given the correlation between performance, financial pressure and welfare outcomes.

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ConferenceUK Equine Student Conference 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period15/07/2015/07/20
OtherThe UK Equine Student Conference aims to showcase the best in UK based equine undergraduate and postgraduate research for those graduating or still studying in 2019 and 2020. The conference will run from 10:00h (UK TIME, BST, GMT+1h) until around 16:30h (UK TIME, BST, GMT+1h). There will be opportunities for attendees to interact via polls and questions.
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