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The Biomechanics of Jumping Explored

25th June 2015 - The Biomechanics of Jumping Explored - Film shoot at Brooksby Equestrian Centre

Biomechanics of jumping

Although the musculoskeletal system comes under enormous strain when jumping, jumping is also good for mobility, suppleness, agility, coordination and  developing reaction, power and strength.

The size, type and arrangement of jumps and poles all affect the way the horse uses himself over a fence.

The more we can learn about jumping the better we will be able to reduce the risk of injury and improve jumping technique.



Tendon and Ligament biomechanics of the horse


The forces through the limbs at take off and landing are many times the horses body weight.

The tendons and ligaments painted on the lower limb really helps to illustrate which structures come under most strain in these moments.

Stretch and recoil of connective tissue structures contributes to the ability of the horse to jump and land effectively.


The slow motion, high-definition, close-up videos of this will be used at Gillian's courses and events particularly the Biomechanics Courses.



Edweard Muybridge inspiredWith the addition of a rider the horse must cope with increased forces through his limbs. More power is required to jump and his balance is challenged.

It is vitally important to continually work on our own posture and position.

Studying rider's in the skeleton bodysuits helps us to appreciate how we can move our own bodies to best help the horse. Slow-motion, high-definition, and close-up footage will be available to view at future Horses Inside Out events and coures.

Biomechanics of jumping horses



Many Thanks to event riders Fiona Davidson with Smokey (as seen on TV BBC Countryfile on 14th June) and Hannah Lorrimer with Marley for making this day possible.


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