Hartpury College


Dr Kathryn Nankervis B.Sc.(Hons) M.Sc. CVPM. Kathryn studied Physiological Sciences at Newcastle University and Equine Science at Aberystwyth University. Kathryn joined Hartpury in 1999,setting up and developing the Equine Therapy Centre at Hartpury in its current form.

Kathryn now leads the Performance in Equestrian Sport team and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She is co-author of ‘Equine Exercise Physiology’ (Blackwell Publishing) along with Dr. David Marlin. Kathryn’s current research projects are with European Technology for Business Ltd, Zamar and the Animal Health Trust. She lectures on equine therapy and exercise physiology at Post Graduate level, including contributing to the M.Sc Veterinary Physiotherapy programme based at Hartpury College.

Responsible for the commercial, teaching and research activity within the Equine therapy Centre and leading the Performance in Equestrian Sport team in research activity at Hartpury.

Teaching Interests:
Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation, Equine Exercise Physiology
Research Interests:
The physiology and biomechanics of equine physical therapy; kinematics of equine water treadmill exercise; changes in back kinematics in response to equine mobilisation and the effect of proprioceptive stimulation on the kinematics of exercise.

Recent Research Activity and Publications:
Marlin, D.J. and Nankervis, K.J. (2002) Equine Exercise Physiology, Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Mills, D.S. and Nankervis, K.J. (2000) Equine Behaviour, Principles and Practice, Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Research Papers and Conference Presentations
Nankervis, K.J., Walker, V.A., Wilkins, C., Hodgins, D.M., Tranquille, C.M., Murray, R.C. (2012) Kinematics of horses ridden on straight lines and circles. 7th International Conference on Canine and Equine Locomotion, Stromsholm, Sweden.

Franklin, S., Barakzai, S., Courouce-Malblanc, A., Dixon, P., Nankervis, K.J., Perkins, J., Roberts, C., Van Erck, E., Allen, K., 2010. Investigation of the prevalence and types of injuries incurred by horses during high-speed treadmill exercise testing. Equine Veterinary Journal Suppl. 38: 70-75

Scott, R., Stringer, C., Nankervis, K., Westcott, K. and Marlin, D. (2010) The effect of water height on stride frequency, stride length and heart rate during water treadmill exercise. Equine vet J. Suppl. 38 523-529

Williams, R.J., Nankervis, K.J., Colborne, G.R., Marlin D.J. and Schroter R.C. (2009) Heart rate, net transport cost and stride characteristics of horses exercising at walk and trot on positive and negative gradients. Comparative Exercise Physiology 6: 113-119

Nankervis, K.J., Thomas, S. and Marlin, D.J. (2009) Effect of water temperature on heart rate of horses during water treadmill exercise. Comparative Exercise Physiology 5(3-4);127-131

Nankervis, K., Hodgins, D. and Marlin, D. (2009) Comparison between a sensor (3D accelerometer) and ProReflex motion capture systems to measure stride frequency of horses on a treadmill. Comparative Exercise Physiology 5(3-4); 107-109

Nankervis, K.J., Marlin, D.J. and Hodgins, D. (2008) Comparison of stride frequency measured using a leg mounted accelerometer and opto-electronic system. 6th International Conference on Equine Locomotion, Cabourg, France.

Johnson, J-L., Nankervis, K., and Moore-Colyer, M. (2008) The relationship between lumbosacral flexion-extension movement and canter speed on a treadmill. 6th International Conference on Equine Locomotion, Cabourg, France.

Wakeling, J.M., Ritruechai, P., Dalton, S. and Nankervis, K. (2007) Segmental variation in the activity and function of the equine longissimus dorsi muscle during walk and trot. Equine and Comparative Exercise Physiology 4(2):95-103

Johnson, J-L. and Nankervis, K.(2007) Repeatability of back kinematics during treadmill and overground locomotion in trot. Equine Science Research Conference, Myerscough College.

Williams, R.J., Nankervis, K.J., Schroter, R. C. and Marlin, D.J. (2006) The effect of exercise on a positive and negative incline on heart rate and stride characteristics. 7th International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology, Fontainbleau, France.

Wakeling, J.M., Barnett, K., Price, S., Nankervis, K. (2006) Effects of manipulative therapy on the longissimus dorsi in the equine back. Equine and Comparative Exercise Physiology. 3(3): 153-160

Nankervis, K. J. and Williams, R. J. (2006) Heart rate responses during acclimation of horses to water treadmill exercise. Equine vet. J. Suppl. 36: 110-112.

Kingston, D., Milmine, R., Nankervis, K. and I. Wolframm (2005) How useful is the Burghley Young Event Horse Competition as a predictor of performance in British Eventing? 2nd Equine Science Conference of the British Society of Animal Science, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

Lovett, T., Hodson-Tole, E. and Nankervis, K. (2004) A preliminary investigation of rider position during walk, trot and canter. Equine and Comparative Exercise Physiology 2(2): 71-76

Nankervis, K., Entwistle, L., Gervaise‐Brazier, S., Earl, S., & Twigg‐Flesner, A. Thoracolumbar Flexion‐Extension During Water Treadmill Walking. Equine Veterinary Journal 46.S46 (2014): 53-54.

Nankervis, K.J. (2013) Physiology and Biomechanics relating to Equine Physical Therapy. DPhil Thesis, University of the West of England.