Centaur Biomechanics Webinars


The Locomotor Apparatus of the Horse: from a Biomechanical Perspective, with Prof Hillary Clayton

Saturday 20th July 2024 @ 14:00 HRS BST

This popular 4-hour evidence-based webinar, with one of the worlds leading researchers, will provide an in-depth view, from a biomechanical perspective of the locomotor apparatus of the horse. 

This webinar will cover the following areas:

    • Mechanical principles of legged locomotion
    • Understanding functional anatomy: tissues, bones & muscles 
    • Ground Reaction Forces in the static and dynamic horse
    • Force transmission to the body
    • Central Pattern Generators and their association with quadrupedal locomotion
    • Forces influencing body movements 

Static and dynamic balance 

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.


Prof. Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, Dipl. ACVSMR, MRCVS

Professor and McPhail Dressage Chair Emerita, Michigan State University

Dr. Hilary M. Clayton is a veterinarian, researcher and horsewoman. For the past 40 years she has performed innovative research in the areas of locomotor biomechanics, lameness, physical therapy and rehabilitation, conditioning programs for equine athletes, and the interaction between rider, tack and horse. She has published 7 books and over 200 scientific articles on these topics.

Dr. Clayton served as the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine from 1997 until she retired from academia in 2014. Her company Sport Horse Science applies the results of scientific research in the development of practical techniques to help riders, trainers and veterinarians. She continues to perform collaborative research with colleagues in universities around the world.

Dr. Clayton is a charter diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Equitation Science and has been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, the Midwest Dressage Association Hall of Fame and the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

She is a lifelong rider and has competed in many equestrian sports, most recently focusing on dressage in which she trains through the Grand Prix level and has earned US Dressage Federation bronze, silver and gold medals.