Racehorse stride length – my thesis

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n Naoisa Faux pictured with Christy Grassick, the Manager of Coolmore Ireland at CAFRE Enniskillen Campus Careers Day.

MY name is Naoisa Faux and I come from a small suckler farm in County Fermanagh. I have always had a passion for horses and this has grown stronger since coming to CAFRE in September 2017.

I am in my final year of the BSc (Hons) in Equine Management and am currently undertaking my thesis. For my thesis I chose to investigate the impact of a six-week programme of active and passive stretches on the stride length of Thoroughbred racehorses. This involved using Simi gait analysis technology to measure the potential changes in the stride.

n Naoisa Faux pictured on the racing yard with Notnowlove, one of the Point to Point horses at CAFRE Enniskillen Campus. :

Initially I found this equipment quite challenging however with the support of lecturers I soon became more confident. The results of my investigation are still to be analysed before I will know if I have enhanced the performance ability of the animals involved.

I have a keen interest in the Thoroughbred industry and in particular within the breeding sector. Last year I was very lucky to undertake a study visit to Kentucky with other students and staff from CAFRE.

Having experienced the equine industry in Kentucky, I was confident that I wanted to work in a stud after my graduation.

Each year the college offers an internship in conjunction with Coolmore, a leading global Thoroughbred breeding operation, and this opportunity really spiked my interest as it blended both breeding and travel together. After application and interview, I was very fortunate to be awarded the internship position. It is a 12 month position which begins in August, spending six months working at Coolmore Australia and then flying home to spend six months in Coolmore Ireland.

I am very excited to become a part of this highly successful operation. I am confident this internship will provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to develop my skills working with mares, new born foals and yearlings.

I am incredibly grateful to CAFRE for all the support and opportunities available throughout my three years of study and will carry the college name with pride as I begin my future career.

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