Researchers to measure horses' jumping speed at next week's Gothenburg Horse Show

Credit : Per Thorén/Chalmers

Friday 29 March - 16h26 | Ian Clayton

Researchers to measure horses' jumping speed at next week's Gothenburg Horse Show

How do horses get over a show jumping barrier? And how should they? Those are questions Swedish researchers and the Gothenburg Horse Show – host of next week’s 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final – have been exploring in recent years. And this year their focus is on horses’ jumping speed – something they say has not been extensively examined to date. Video below the break.

 - Researchers to measure horses' jumping speed at next week's Gothenburg Horse Show

The Chalmers University of Technology has developed the 2019 Chalmers Fence to measure equines’ speed before, during and after the jump at the show. Engineering students at the school have adapted a radar initially used for vehicles to measure the speed of the animals. It will be placed along the barrier of the arena with the goal of identifying optimal acceleration speeds and maximizing knowledge to improve training practices. Riders will have quick access to the data beside the competition arena, organizers say. 

Last year, Chalmers used sensors in jumps at the show to measure the force of jumps in terms of push-offs and landings. “We’re continuing to gather new information on how horses actually jump, findings that challenge the traditional image of horse jumping,” Magnus Karlsteen, Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology said at the time. Other factors that have been analyzed in recent years are the height and distance of jumps.
 
“It’s absolutely in the interest of the Gothenburg Horse Show to support the development of technical innovations that will improve horses’ endurance,” says Tomas Torgersen, Show Director of the of the Gothenburg Horse Show. Video below. (Chalmers/GHS)

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