New Software Evaluates Horse, Rider Asymmetry

A software program uses video gaming technology to evaluate horse and rider asymmetry.

Editor’s note: This article is part of’s ongoing coverage of topics presented at the 2012 International Society of Equitation Science conference, held July 18-20 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Technology advancements have allowed enormous improvements in understanding how horses and riders interact via pressure, tension, balance, and more. But despite their many benefits, these technological tools can be complicated to use properly and might not be readily available to the people who might benefit from them the most: riders and riding instructors.

That’s about to change.

Using video gaming technology, British equitation scientist and computer programmer Elizabeth Gandy, MSc, MBCS, of the University of Sunderland, has developed a user-friendly software program to help nonscientists evaluate a very common riding problem: asymmetry. She presented her new program at the 2012 International Society for Equitation Science Conference, on July 18-20 in Edinburgh,

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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