Measurement of racetrack surface using instrumented horse shoes

  • 38 pages

  • Published: 22 Nov 2013

  • Author(s): Martin, CA, Merritt, JS, Parkhill, G, Davies, HMS

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This report describes the development of a method for measuring the surface properties of racing and training tracks used in Thoroughbred racing.  Central to this method was the use of a race-capable, rugged instrumented horseshoe.  The instrumented horseshoe enables, for the first time, hoof impact measurements to be made under racing and training conditions.
The immediate target beneficiary of this research are the racing authorities, who are responsible for the welfare of horses and jockeys in racing, a topic of major importance to the future of the sport.