Centaur Biomechanics Webinars


Rider Biomechanics: Improving Horse and Rider Performance

Sunday 19 May 2024 @ 14:00 HRS BST

Rider Biomechanics: Improving Horse and Rider Performance with Dr. Russell MacKechnie-Guire

This popular 3-hour online course with Dr. Russell MacKechnie-Guire will look at the biomechanics of the rider and the effect that the rider and their biomechanics can have on equine health and performance. This course will discuss the complexities associated with horse, saddle and rider interaction.

Topics to be covered:

• Head to Foot: a global approach to understanding rider biomechanics

• Demands of riding from a biomechanical perspective

• Rider asymmetry and its effect on equine performance

• The effect that saddle design can have on rider biomechanics

• Evidence based solutions to help restore rider function

** This course is the same content as the previously run Evidence Based Rider Biomechanics: Improving Horse and Rider Performance

For all attendees, CPD certificates available as well as a “view only” recording of the webinar with a 30-day access pass. There will also be a Q and A session with ample opportunity to post questions via our interactive Q&A panel.


Dr. Russell MacKechnie-Guire

Russell MacKechnie-Guire graduated from Warwickshire College in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) in Equine and Human Sports Science and now holds a PhD in Equine Biomechanics, graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2019. Russell’s thesis was titled ‘The Relationship between Saddle and Rider Kinematics, Equine Locomotion, and Thoracolumbar Pressures in Sports Horses’. Russell is based at Centaur Biomechanics, a company which he founded in 2006. He has extensively researched the effect that tack (saddle, bridle and girth) has on equine health and performance. Russell’s current area of research is horse-saddle-rider interaction, spinal kinematics in horses when ridden over ground and the effect that rider asymmetry has on equine back movement. In addition, Russell collaborates with researchers from around the world on various research projects associated with equine health and performance. He regularly presents his work at international meetings throughout the world and is a consultant for the British Equestrian Federations World Class, Team GBR programme. Russell is a member of the Team GBR’s Scientific Advisory Group, Society of Master Saddlers Scientific Advisory Group and chairs the horse+rider subgroup, part of the International Task force on Laterality in Sports Horses.