Improving wellbeing

The British Horse Foundation was one of a consortium of funders which enabled research called “The influence of rider to horse bodyweight ratios on equine gait and behaviour: a pilot study” to get underway. This study is important because it will help the development of guidance for appropriate horse and rider weight proportions through the collection of an evidence base. See Sue Dyson’s results presentation at the 26th National Equine Forum on Thursday 8th March 2018 here. The first peer-reviewed paper from this study was published in Equine Veterinary Education in early 2019. We will be contributing towards phase two of this work as well.

Over consecutive years we funded two projects at Hartpury University, the results from which have been combined. “Investigation of the reliability of saddle fitters to determine the position of the last thoracic vertebra of horses using palpation techniques: A pilot study”, was presented at the Saddle Research Trust’s Conference in December 2018. A paper based on these Hartpury University studies is available via the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, more details can be found by clicking here.

Through our Lecturer Bursary, we are currently funding research into the impact of rider body image on equestrian performance at University College Sparsholt.  More information can be found here..