Jane Hart

Lecturer in Equine Performance
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Writtle School of Agriculture, Animal and Environmental Sciences
Research Supervision:

Having come from a practical background in industry, Jane merged her show jumping and coaching career with an academic one. A former competition rider, she became a mature student at Writtle College and completed a BSc Equine Studies. She then joined the Equine department as a member of staff.

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Jane Hart – Targeted Training


While working in Writtle, Jane has undertaken the UKCC Level 3 Show Jumping qualification and an MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy.

The veterinary physiotherapy qualification, combined with experience of producing horses and competing at an international level, has given Jane a strong background on which to base lecturing in equine performance and training at all levels. As well as teaching, Jane continues to work with industry clients as a coach, and as an equine physiotherapist. 

As coach of the Equine Academy, Jane aims to embed an ethical and long-term training ethos into not only the squad members, but also relay this message to the broader student body. She strongly believes in bringing 'reality' into the classroom by demonstrating industry practice, using live case studies, and setting professional standards through example.

Research interests
  • Equine kinematics and longitudinal studies – relating training options to performance outcomes such as:
    • Utilising technology to evaluate thoracic stability in show jumping and dressage horses and riders
    • Rider symmetry and influence on the ridden horse
    • Musculoskeletal symmetry and developmental training interventions for both horses and rider
    • Incorporation of DMEs into race horse training to enhance performance outcomes
Areas of research supervision
  • Saddle fit and pressure evaluation
  • Show jumping technique
  • Joint stability
  • Use of training options and therapeutic interventions to achieve comparative outcomes
  • Longitudinal case studies of horses in rehabilitation and training
  • BSc Equine Studies, Writtle College
  • MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy, Writtle University College
  • UKCC Level 3 Show Jumping
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Coach, British Showjumping
  • Animal Health Professions Register (AHPR) veterinary physiotherapy
Selected recent publications

Ahmed, W., Elbrond, V.S., Harrison, A.P., Hart, J. and Williams, R.E., 2021. An investigation into the short term effects of photobiomodulation on the mechanical nociceptive thresholds of M.Longissimus and M.Gluteus Medius, in relation to muscle firing rate in horses at three different gates. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 98.

Media experience

‘Front of house’ media support at Hickstead International shows.