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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 focusing 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. Our students have presented at the Alltech Equine Science Conference, The British Society of Animal Science Conference and I have recently presented research at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Conference.

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:

Remnant, L.C., Cameron, L.J. and Hunt, K.A. (2019) A retrospective study: behavioural changes pre-Equine Grass Sickness diagnosis. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 10, 1 (244).

Wilson, H. and Cameron, L.J. (2019) Equine end of life (EEoL): from a veterinary professional’s perspective. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 10, 1 (246).

McGinn, S., Alcock, D. and Cameron, L.J., (2018) Straight from the horse’s mouth: understanding professional event riders’ mental preparation for maximising self-confidence prior to competition using thematic analysis. Comparative Exercise Physiology,

Adams, G.A.A., Denyer-Locke, R.E., Cameron, L.J., Stones, N.C., Bartlett, E. and Lowe, J.A. (2018) The effect of variation in forage type and form on equine mastication and feed consumption in riding school horses. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference , Rome 2018,

Bartlett, E., Cameron, L.J. and Marlin, D.J. (2018) Validation of the Orscana sensor to monitor equine thermal comfort. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference, Rome 2018,  

Bartlett, E., Cameron, L.J., Stones, N.C. and Marlin, D.J. (2018) Evaluating the ability of the Orscana sensor to monitor stabled horse activity. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference, Rome 2018,

Carter, A., Lewis, V., Cameron, L.J. and Dumbell, L. (2018) Preliminary study investigating trunk muscle fatigue and cognitive function in event riders during a simulated jumping test. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference, Rome 2018,

Mackechnie-Guire, R., Mackechnie-Guire, E., Bush, R., Wyatt, R., Fisher, D., Fisher, M. and Cameron, L.J. (In Press) A controlled, blinded study investigating the effect that a twenty minute Cycloidal vibration has on whole horse locomotion and thoracolumbar profiles. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. DOI:

McGinn, S. and Cameron, L.J. (2018) Understanding eventing phases effect on rider pre-competition anxiety, self-confidence, pre-competitive arousal and performance. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference, Rome 2018,

Pohjola, J., Cameron, L.J. and Riley, L.M. (2018) The effects of two training methods on rein tension, the head and neck position on the horse, conflict behaviours and judging in collected walk. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference, Rome 2018,

Carter, A. R., Lewis, V., Cameron, L. J. and Dumbell, L. (2017) Preliminary study investigating trunk muscle fatigue and cognitive function in event riders during simulated jumping test. 19th International Sport Medicine and Sports Science Conference, Capetown, RSA

Burbage, J. and Cameron, L.J. (2018). An investigation of bra concerns and barriers to participation in horse riding. Comparative Exercise Physiology,

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