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Teaching Fellow – MSc Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training; BSc Equine Science

Areas of Teaching Expertise
Competitive Dressage, Welfare of Horses

About Me
I spent 20 years as a competition groom and yard manager managing horses to World and Olympic level in showjumping, dressage and eventing. Along the way I also achieved one of the first degrees in Equine Studies in the UK from Warwickshire College/Coventry University, was awarded the BHS Stable Manager’s qualification and an MSc in Equine Science from Hartpury/UWE and am currently completing a PhD in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth. Throughout this time I have competed in dressage to Intermediate 1 level on both my own and clients’ horses and continue to coach competitive dressage riders.

My areas of specific research interest cover a wide range focussing mainly on the welfare of horses in varied situations. These projects have included my Master’s thesis establishing a link between pre-slaughter stress levels in horses transported live for slaughter and their carcass quality, the effect of the economic climate on horse owners’ welfare perceptions, my PhD study on the rider-horse-coach triad in dressage and currently breast health and biomechanics in horse riders.

I am cross college unit lead for the Level 6 Dissertation unit and the Level 7 Research Project unit and actively encourage students to submit their research to varied conferences. This year students will be presenting at the Alltech Equine Science Conference 2015, The British Society of Animal Science Conference 2015 and I have recently presented research at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Conference 2014.

I am passionate about encouraging all within the equine industry to benefit from the knowledge gained through current scientific research to improve the welfare and performance of horses in varied environments.

Twitter: @ljcequine

Recent publications:

Burbage, J. and Cameron, L.J. (2017) An investigation into the prevalence and impact of breast pain, bra issues and breast size on female horse riders. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(11), 1091-1097.

Guire, R., Bush, R., Fisher, R., Pfau, T., Mathie, H. and Cameron, L. (2016) The effect that a saddle positioned laterally to the equine vertebrae has on rider biomechanics while cantering. The Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 15, 82. 

Burbage, J., Cameron, L. and Goater, F. (2016) The effect of breast support on vertical breast displacement and breast pain in female riders across equine simulator gaits. The Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 15, 81.

Niles, L., Cameron, L. and Lowe, J. (2016) Ingestive behaviour of three novel forages in horses.  Advances in Animal Biosciences, 7 (1), 133.

Cameron, L. J., Burbage, J.(2015) An initial investigation into breast health issues in female horse riders, Proceedings of the International Society of Equitation Science Conference, Vancouver 2015

Cameron, L.J., Wagstaff, C. and Thelwell, R. (2014) Investigating stress and coping in the female dressage rider. Journal of Sports Sciences 32, 2: s87–s93.

Cameron, L.J. & Rose, P.E. (2012) Equine industry perceptions of the possible impact of the current economic recession on equine welfare. Animal Welfare 21, 1: 170.

Rose, P.E. & Cameron, L.J. (2012) Welfare integration into conservation biology: evaluation of enclosure suitability for endangered pheasants. Animal Welfare 21, 1: 185.

Read Lorna’s blog on presenting her PhD research at British Association of Sports and Exercise Science Conference 2014