Guidelines for the measurement of rein tension in equestrian sport

Hilary Clayton, Russell Mackechnie‐guire, Anna Byström, Sarah Le Jeune, Agneta Egenvall

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Rein tension is relatively easy to measure, and the resulting data are useful for evaluating the interaction between horse and rider. To date, there have been a number of studies using different transducers, calibration methods and analytical techniques. The purpose of this paper is to make recommendations regarding the collection, analysis and reporting of rein tension data. The goal is to assist users in selecting appropriate equipment, choosing verified methods of calibration, data collection and analysis, and reporting their results consistently to facilitate comparisons between different studies. Sensors should have a suitable range and resolution together with a fast enough dynamic response, according to the gait, speed and type of riding for which they will be used. An appropriate calibration procedure is necessary before each recording session. A recording fre-quency of 50 Hz is adequate for most rein tension studies. The data may be analyzed using time-series methods or by extracting and analyzing discrete variables chosen in accordance with the study objectives. Consistent reporting facilitates comparisons between studies.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Analysis
  • Calibration
  • Horse
  • Magnitude
  • Peak
  • Rein sensor
  • Rider


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