Gait and the energetics of locomotion in horses

  title={Gait and the energetics of locomotion in horses},
  author={D. Hoyt and C. Taylor},
  • D. Hoyt, C. Taylor
  • Published 1981
  • Mathematics
  • Nature
  • It seems reasonable that quadrupeds should change gait from a walk to a trot to a gallop in such a way as to minimize their energy consumption, as human beings are known1 to change from a walk to a run at a particular speed (2.4 m s−1) below which walking requires less energy than running and above which the opposite is true. Thus by changing gait, human beings keep the energy cost of locomotion to a minimum as their speed increases. One reason this relation holds is that in humans, metabolic… CONTINUE READING
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