Ground reaction force patterns of Dutch Warmbloods at the canter

Henk W. Merkens From the Departments of Veterinary Anatomy (Schamhardt, van Osch, Hartman) and General and Large Animal Surgery (Merkens), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Utrecht, PO Box 80.157, NL-3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Henk C. Schambardt From the Departments of Veterinary Anatomy (Schamhardt, van Osch, Hartman) and General and Large Animal Surgery (Merkens), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Utrecht, PO Box 80.157, NL-3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Geertruda J. V. M. van Osch From the Departments of Veterinary Anatomy (Schamhardt, van Osch, Hartman) and General and Large Animal Surgery (Merkens), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Utrecht, PO Box 80.157, NL-3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Wrister Hartman From the Departments of Veterinary Anatomy (Schamhardt, van Osch, Hartman) and General and Large Animal Surgery (Merkens), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Utrecht, PO Box 80.157, NL-3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Summary

Ground reaction force (grf) patterns from 20 clinically sound Dutch Warmbloods were recorded at the right fore-leading canter, and a standard horse was composed. These grf data for the standard can be used for evaluation of jumping horses.

The grf patterns were asymmetric for all 4 limbs. The leading right forelimb decelerated the body. The trailing left forelimb propelled the body and decelerated it slightly. The trailing left hind limb propelled, and the leading right hind limb contributed to deceleration and propulsion. Referred to the maximal vertical load of the leading right forelimb, the load of the trailing left forelimb was 25% more; the load of the right hind limb was slightly less, whereas the load of the left hind limb was about 80% of that value.

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Ground reaction force (grf) patterns from 20 clinically sound Dutch Warmbloods were recorded at the right fore-leading canter, and a standard horse was composed. These grf data for the standard can be used for evaluation of jumping horses.

The grf patterns were asymmetric for all 4 limbs. The leading right forelimb decelerated the body. The trailing left forelimb propelled the body and decelerated it slightly. The trailing left hind limb propelled, and the leading right hind limb contributed to deceleration and propulsion. Referred to the maximal vertical load of the leading right forelimb, the load of the trailing left forelimb was 25% more; the load of the right hind limb was slightly less, whereas the load of the left hind limb was about 80% of that value.

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