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UMaine Today Magazine

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Horse racing
Photo by Michael Peterson

Horses have been racing on tracks of dirt, turf and other natural materials for centuries. But while track grooming and maintenance standards evolved through the years, no systematic testing existed to measure the effects of these racing surface changes on horses. Thatís why University of Maine Professor of Mechanical Engineering Michael Peterson invented a testing device that provides in-situ measurement of track performance characteristics based on the biomechanics of the gait of a galloping horse. Testing data can be used to compare tracks based on the response the horse would experience when racing or training.












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