Keeping your eye on the rail: gaze behaviour of horse riders approaching a jump

Hall, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-5916-311X, Varley, I. ORCID: 0000-0002-3607-8921, Kay, R. and Crundall, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-6030-3631, 2014. Keeping your eye on the rail: gaze behaviour of horse riders approaching a jump. PLoS ONE, 9 (5). ISSN 1932-6203


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The gaze behaviour of riders during their approach to a jump was investigated using a mobile eye tracking device (ASL Mobile Eye). The timing, frequency and duration of fixations on the jump and the percentage of time when their point of gaze (POG) was located elsewhere were assessed. Fixations were identified when the POG remained on the jump for 100 ms or longer. The jumping skill of experienced but non-elite riders (n=10) was assessed by means of a questionnaire. Their gaze behaviour was recorded as they completed a course of three identical jumps five times. The speed and timing of the approach was calculated. Gaze behaviour throughout the overall approach and during the last five strides before take-off was assessed following frame-by-frame analyses. Differences in relation to both round and jump number were found. Significantly longer was spent fixated on the jump during round 2, both during the overall approach and during the last five strides (p , 0.05). Jump 1 was fixated on significantly earlier and more frequently than jump 2 or 3 (p , 0.05). Significantly more errors were made with jump 3 than with jump 1 (p=0.01) but there was no difference in errors made between rounds.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: PLoS ONE
Creators: Hall, C., Varley, I., Kay, R. and Crundall, D.
Publisher: PLOS
Date: 2014
Volume: 9
Number: 5
ISSN: 1932-6203
Rights: Copyright: 2014 Hall et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:08
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:50

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