A review of research on equine locomotion and biomechanics

Equine Vet J. 1983 Apr;15(2):93-102. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-3306.1983.tb01726.x.


A review of the literature about equine locomotion and biomechanics is presented to summarise available knowledge and provide perspective to current and proposed research programmes. It is evident that much past research has failed to provide sufficient information on basic principles of these two disciplines and that information is now required before progress can be made on more applied research topics. However, useful contributions have been made in gait typology, analysis of racetrack surface and design and limb kinetics, kinematics and coordination.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Extremities / physiology
  • Gait
  • Horses / physiology*
  • Locomotion*
  • Physical Exertion
  • Running