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Teaching Fellow

About Me
I spent 20 years as a competition groom and yard manager managing horses to top 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 research active in a range of diverse areas. Throughout this time I have competed in dressage to Intermediate 1 level on both my own and clients’ horses and continued 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, linking equine facial expressions to emotions, social networks in field kept horses, under rug thermal loading, anxiety and coping in competitive riders, female equestrian breast issues and body image in horse riders.

I am cross college unit lead for the BSc Dissertation module and the MSc Research Project unit and actively encourage students to submit their research to varied conferences and to disseminate their findings to the wider equestrian industry. Our students have presented at Alltech Equine Science Conferences, British Society of Animal Science Conferences, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Conference and multiple International Society of Equitation Science Conferences.

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, real world environments.

Twitter: @ljcequine

Recent publications:

Bartlett, E., Cameron, L.J. and Freeman, M.S. (2020) Equine (Equus caballus) social network construction within small domestic groups. Proceedings of the UK Equine Student Conference 2020.

Brind, E.J., Cameron, L.J., Freeman, M.S. and Hunt, K.A. (2020) Sweet talking: an investigation into the impact of auditory stimulation on equine (Equus caballus) nocturnal behaviour. Proceedings of the UK Equine Student Conference 2020.

Brown, E., Cameron, L.J. and Knight, C. (2020) Relationship between over skin cadaver measures of equine metacarpus III and dissected bone measures. Proceedings of the UK Equine Student Conference 2020.

Fletcher, K.A., Cameron, L.J., Freeman, M.S. and Stones, N.C. (2020) Contemplating the Five Domains Model of animal welfare assessment: UK horse owner perceptions of equine well-being. Proceedings of the UK Equine Student Conference 2020.

Harris, L., Barker, V. and Cameron, L.J. (2020) Coach and rider perceptions of autonomy supportive coaching behaviours. Proceedings of the UK Equine Student Conference 2020.

Sansom, E., Cameron, L.J. and Knight, C. (2020) Impact of a novel saddle on perceived back pain in horse riders. Proceedings of the UK Equine Student Conference 2020.

Smith, R.K., Cameron, L.J., Stones, N.C., Lewis, V., Terada, K. and Burbage, J. (2020) Effect of breast support on 3D relative displacement and upper-body muscle activity in female horse riders on an equine simulator. Proceedings of the UK Equine Student Conference 2020.

Todd, S.C., Freeman, M.S. and Cameron, L.J. (2020) Good to go? Pilot study identifying behaviours to indicate a horse’s warm-up point. Proceedings of the UK Equine Student Conference 2020.

Fletcher, K.A., Cameron, L.J., Freeman, M. and Stones, N. (2020) Contemplating the Five Domains model of animal welfare assessment: UK horse owner perceptions of equine well-being. Proceedings of the BSAS 76th Annual Conference 2020, The Challenge of Change.

Bartlett, E., Cameron, L.J. and Freeman, M.S. (2020) Equine (Equus caballus) social network construction within small domestic groups. Proceedings of the BSAS 76th Annual Conference 2020, The Challenge of Change.

  • 2012- 2019

    McGinn, S., Alcock, D. and Cameron, L.J. (2019) A retrospective investigation of the impact of ‘eventing phase (dressage, show-jumping and cross-country)’ on pre-competition anxiety and self-confidence. Comparative Exercise Physiology, https://doi.org/10.3920/CEP190007

    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, https://doi.org/10.3920/CEP180020

    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, https://equitationscience.com/conferences/

    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, https://equitationscience.com/conferences/  

    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, https://equitationscience.com/conferences/

    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, https://equitationscience.com/conferences/

    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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2018.09.012

    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, https://equitationscience.com/conferences/

    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, https://equitationscience.com/conferences/

    Burbage, J. and Cameron, L.J. (2018). An investigation of bra concerns and barriers to participation in horse riding. Comparative Exercise Physiology, https://doi.org/10.3920/CEP170030

    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. (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