As part of her Masters degree Rachel studied pelvic asymmetry in horses and their riders. For any further details about the study please contact Rachel.
A study to establish if a relationship exists between pelvic asymmetry in riders and their horses
The findings of previous research have indicated the importance of correct pelvic alignment in humans and equidae to enable optimum performance, and reduce the risk of injury. Past research has identified pelvic asymmetry in equidae to be common; with the prevalence of asymmetry ranging from 74% to 100%. The prevalence of pelvic asymmetry in the human is thought to be anywhere between 24% and 91%.
Of the fifty horses and riders studied 48 riders were found to have pelvic asymmetry (96%), 36% of riders were found to be lower on the right side of the pelvis and 60% were found to be lower on the left. The prevalence of asymmetry in the equine pelvis was also very high (96%), with 62% of misalignment on the left and 34% on the right.
A noticeable difference was seen between the use of McTimoney and other complementary therapies for riders and their horses. Only 36% of the participating riders had previously received McTimoney treatment in comparison to 92% of horses.
It remains unclear if pelvic asymmetry is more likely to have originated in the horse or rider and how long asymmetry needs to be present for, and the degree of asymmetry required, before the horse or rider begins to compensate for it. As a relationship between pelvic asymmetry in the horse and rider has been identified it is advisable for both the horse and rider to receive routine McTimoney treatment to prevent any significant misalignment and asymmetry developing, which, if left untreated could potentially be passed onto the other party.