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Kinematic parameters of sheep walking on a treadmill

Valentin, Stephanie; Essigbeck, Annika; Wolfram, Ines; Licka, Theresia


Annika Essigbeck

Ines Wolfram

Theresia Licka


Ovine locomotion studies are rare, despite their relevance for medical research. The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate habituation and temporospatial parameters during treadmill walking of seven Austrian Mountain sheep. Sheep were naïve to treadmill exercise. During five treadmill sessions, movement cycle duration (MCD), vertical trunk movement (VTM), stride height (SH), stride length (SL), and percentage of movement cycle at stance (%St) were assessed. Two sheep were excluded from the study because they would not walk on the treadmill. From the end measurement session, MCD (0.95 s) and %St (62%) were similar to reported kinetics of sheep walking over ground, although stride length (1.05 m) was longer in this study. These findings suggest that sheep may require more than five sessions to become habituated to treadmill walking.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2014
Online Publication Date Oct 6, 2014
Publication Date 2014-12
Deposit Date Feb 8, 2023
Journal The Veterinary Journal
Print ISSN 1090-0233
Electronic ISSN 1532-2971
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 202
Issue 3
Pages 657-658
Keywords sheep, locomotion, kinematics, habituation, treadmill