A preliminary study on the effects of head and neck position during feeding on the alignment of the cervical vertebrae in horses.

Poster presentation at International Society for Equitation Science conference, Saumur, France, June 2016
Published in Journal of veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research Sept/Oct 2016


  • The method of feeding hay to horses (floor, haynet, Haybar) affects the head and neck position on a daily basis.
  • Study suggests an effect on the musculoskeletal system, with notable differences in areas of muscle tension.
  • May imply a link between how horses are fed and their musculoskeletal health

Speaight E., Routledge N., Charlton S., Cunliffe C. (2016)