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Dr Eva Marunova

Lecturer in Veterinary Physiotherapy
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Writtle School of Agriculture, Animal and Environmental Sciences

Eva is a lecturer and early career researcher at ARU in Writtle. She lectures on equine and veterinary physiotherapy degrees with a focus on the delivery of animal biomechanics modules and supervision of student research projects. Eva is also involved in the equestrian industry as an accredited professional coach.

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Eva joined ARU in 2024 as a lecturer in veterinary physiotherapy, having previously worked in the same role between 2022-2024 at Writtle University College. She has recently completed a PhD in equine biomechanics at The Royal Veterinary College with a focus on the quantification and evaluation of movement asymmetries in horses with the help of gait analysis. This is an exciting area of research which is quickly gaining momentum in veterinary circles as well as in the wider equestrian community.

Before joining academia, Eva spent many years working internationally as a groom/rider and a yard manager. She is still directly involved in the equestrian industry as a coach and, consequently, passionate about making research accessible and relevant to the wider equestrian community. Eva’s main research interests lie in applied equine biomechanics and horse-rider interaction.

Spoken Languages
  • Czech
  • Spanish
  • English
Research interests
  • Equine biomechanics
  • Rider biomechanics
  • Equestrian coaching
  • PhD in Equine Biomechanics, The Royal Veterinary College
  • PG Dip Equine Science, Hartpury University
  • BSc (Hons) Economics, University of Portsmouth
  • British Horse Society Assistant Instructor
  • British Horse Society Stage 4 Dressage Coach
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Accredited Professional Coach, British Horse Society
  • Academic Member, International Society for Equitation Science
Selected recent publications

Marunova, E., Hoenecke, K., Fiske-Jackson, A., Smith, R.K.W., Bolt, D.M., Perrier, M., Gerdes, C., Hernlund, E., Rhodin, M. and Pfau, T. (2022). Changes in Head, Withers, and Pelvis Movement Asymmetry in Lame Horses as a Function of Diagnostic Anesthesia Outcome, Surface and Direction. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 118, p.104136. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2022.104136

Marunova, E., Dod, L., Witte, S. and Pfau, T. (2021). Smartphone-Based Pelvic Movement Asymmetry Measures for Clinical Decision Making in Equine Lameness Assessment. Animals, 11(6), p.1665. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11061665

Recent presentations and conferences

Marunova, E., Rhodin, M., Persson-Sjodin, E., Serra Braganca, F.M., Pfau, T. and Hernlund, E. (2023). Upper body range of motion in horses is influenced by lameness severity and trotting speed, in Abstracts of the The 9th International Conference on Canine and Equine Locomotion, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2023. The 9th International Conference on Canine and Equine Locomotion, Utrecht, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp.S1–S64. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3920/cep2023.s1

Marunova, E., Hoenecke, K., Fiske-Jackson, A., Smith, R.K., Bolt, D.M., Gerdes, C. and Pfau, T. (2021). Compensatory movement patterns of head, withers and pelvis following diagnostic analgesia on the straight and during lungeing on hard and soft surfaces. British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, Birmingham. Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/evj.11_13492

Marunova, E., Dod, L., Witte, S. and Pfau, T. (2020). Smartphone-based pelvic movement asymmetry measures for clinical decision making in equine lameness. British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, Virtual. Available at: https://beva.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/evj.12_13365

Media experience

Combining coaching and research. Sports Horse Podcast, 2024.

Developments in gait analysis that help identify pain related asymmetry could support your training and coaching. River Tiger Podcast, 2022.

Asymmetrical or lame: Where do we draw the line? Webinar, E-horse, 2021.

Movement asymmetries and lameness in horses - How gait analysis technology can help us keep an ‘objective eye’ on our horses. In-person talk, Tilefield Equestrian, 2022.

Senses or sensors? Equine gait analysis and the clinical decision making. In-person talk, The Royal Veterinary College, 2022.