Equestrian riders aim to cue smooth transitions between horse gaits. This study aimed to investigate whether competitive horse rider (n=10) decrease horse gait regularity and increase horse-rider coordination variability in the region of a gait transition (n=6; both walk-trot, and trot-canter) relative to baseline walk, trot and canter. Resultant accelerations from IMUs affixed to the horse’s girth and rider’s pelvis were calculated. Horse gait regularity was quantified as multiscale sample entropy (MSSE) of the pelvis. Horse-rider coordination variability (Coordvar) was quantified as the standard deviation of the horse-rider continuous relative phase. Pre-transition MSSE did not increase; post-transition MSSE significantly decreased (paired t-tests; pvar were found. Therefore, horse gait or horse-rider Coordvar does not increase in a transition.
Wilkins, Celeste A. and Mulloy, Franky
"SKILLED RIDERS MANAGE HORSE GAIT COMPLEXITY THROUGH A GAIT TRANSITION WHILST ALSO MAINTAINING STABLE HORSE-RIDER COORDINATION VARIABILITY,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 41:
1, Article 112.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol41/iss1/112