Faculty and Matters

Professor Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD, DACVSMR, MRCVS

MovLab have the honor to welcome for the second time Professor Hillary Clayton. As in 2012 the topics will be based on her outstanding knowledge in Equine Biomechanics. Professor Hillary Clayton always developed the different topics making the transference to the practical professional application.

This year Professor Hillary Clayton lectures will develop the following topics:  “The Interaction between the Horse, the Saddle and the Rider”;  “What Happens When the Hoof Meets the Ground? The Interactions between the hoof and the ground,  Limb mechanics and the effects of different surfaces” ;  “Conditioning Sport Horses – Fitness training and strength training for horses”.

Those lectures are based on Professor Hillary Clayton’s experience as the head of the most important Laboratory for Equine Biomechanics in the College of Veterinary Medicine – McPhail Equine performance Center of the Michigan State University, USA


Dr. Hilary Clayton graduated as a veterinarian and worked in a mixed veterinary practice before becoming returning to academia to complete a PhD.
She was a faculty member with responsibilities for teaching and research at veterinary colleges in Great Britain, The Netherlands and Canada before moving to the US in 1997 as the first incumbent of the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University.
Dr. Clayton’s research focuses on equine sports medicine, especially biomechanics and conditioning of sport horses, and the interaction between rider and horse.
She uses a variety of equipment, including motion analysis, an array of force plates, a saddle pressure mat, rein tension sensors and electromyography, to analyse the horse’s gaits and movement patterns and the response to different types of tack, equipment and riding styles. Recently, she has focussed her research efforts on performing evidence-based research to measure the effects of physiotherapeutic techniques in horses.
She has published six books (Conditioning Sport Horses, Colour Atlas of Large Animal Applied Anatomy, Equine Locomotion, The Dynamic Horse, Clinical Anatomy of the Horse, Activate Your Horse’s Core) and many scientific manuscripts and magazine articles.
Dr. Clayton is a Past President of the Association for Equine Sports Medicine. She is Vice President of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a member of the US Equestrian Federation’s Dressage Committee.
She has been awarded the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and has been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the Midwest Dressage Association Hall of Fame.
She has competed in a variety of equestrian sports including eventing, show jumping, combined driving and polo. She currently shows dressage horses and has earned the US Dressage Federation’s gold, silver and bronze medals.