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Thoughts on Country Racing.
Country racing is the mainstay of thoroughbred
racing in Australia. How is this so? One has only
to cast a glance at the number of nominations for
an ordinary country meeting, sometimes forty or
fifty noms for a field of 12. More often than not, the
stars of the city have learnt their trade in the sticks.

Patron amenities have improved immensely over
the intervening years when this article was
published. Click the link at the top to read the rest.

Horse in Motion. The fore leg. The Physics Behind the Motion.
• Length of Rein






• Shoulder Slope




 

• Moment of  Inertia

The late Dr  Dewitt  Owen, an authority on equine conformation, when examining the top line of  a thoroughbred, stressed the importance of  the length of rein of the horse.
Likewise, Master Trainer Bart  Cummings would only look at yearlings with a good length of rein.
So why is this an important conformational point for the racehorse?

The shoulder bone (scapula) of the horse is different  to other bones of the horse in as much as there is no bony connection with the vertebrae.
Having investigated the interaction of length of rein on the shoulder, we now look at how the angle of the scapula affects the motion of the fore-leg.

We now get to the leg itself. It is interesting to note that the forearm is the last component of the leg to muscle. From the knee down all motion of the lower limbs is actuated by the tendons actuated by the
above muscles. This article looks at how and why the mass of the bones, hooves and shoes affects the stride of the fore-leg.