Table 1.

Predicted scaling exponents for the relationships of relative stride length, duty factor and relative peak force to body mass in `idealised' horses that are identical except for size differences

Froude number Predicted scaling exponent
Linear tendonNonlinear tendon
RSL0.500.190.11
0.750.170.10
1.000.160.09
DF0.500.030.01
0.750.040.02
1.000.050.03
RPF0.50−0.02−0.01
0.75−0.04−0.02
1.00−0.05−0.02
  • RSL, relative stride length; DF, duty factor; RPF, relative peak force.

    Predictions were made for both a linear and a nonlinear tendon stress-strain relationship.