Designing, constructing, and testing a second-generation prototype mechanical hippotherapy horse.

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dc.contributor.advisor Garner, Brian Alan, 1966- Benoit, Heather Denae. 2011-08
dc.description.abstract The use of horses as a means of therapy has been documented for some time. To determine why this type of therapy works and to provide a means of expanding its accessibility, a mechanical horse has been developed. Data collected on the movement of live horses during a previous study was used as a target motion in the development of a prototype mechanical horse. This mechanism was designed to be capable of reproducing that motion. For this prototype, the base remains stationary and a suspended saddle seat moves in a pattern replicating that of a live horse. The saddle is suspended by eight cables which are displaced by eight distinct cams. The cam set can be exchanged for various cam sets which correspond to different prescribed movements. Testing revealed good agreement between the motion of the prototype and the target, but improvements can be made in the measure of z-translation. en_US
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dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Mechanical horse. en_US
dc.subject Hippotherapy. en_US
dc.subject Biomedical engineering. en_US
dc.subject Baylor mechanical horse. en_US
dc.subject Horse machine. en_US
dc.subject Hippotherapy motion-capture. en_US
dc.title Designing, constructing, and testing a second-generation prototype mechanical hippotherapy horse. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.S.B.M.E. en_US
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dc.rights.accessrights Access changed 6/27/13.
dc.contributor.department Engineering. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US

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