What's the big deal?

When an article is published in an academic journal, it becomes part of the permanent scientific record. This is recognition that the testing has been carried out under controlled scientific conditions with little or no room for misinterpretation.

At Fairfax, we make enormous commitments in terms of time and financial investment to scientifically research and develop our products. Our efforts are truly rewarded when we can say the benefits to the horse’s performance are scientifically proven.

What is peer review?

Every paper in a scientific journal is peer reviewed. This means the editor sends the article to other scientists in the same field as the author. The other scientists scrutinise the methodology of the testing that’s taken place and provide unbiased feedback on the article, advising the editor whether or not they think the study is of high enough quality to be published. The fact that experts in the same field of research have approved the publication of a paper gives it credibility and authority.

The scientific method is an essential part of the study. A paper has to supply enough details so that an independent researcher could repeat the tests and verify the results. This means the testing had to be controlled and consistent. For example the same person tacked up each horse, the horses were not always ridden in the original tack first (to counteract any claim that they’d warmed up by the time the Fairfax tack went on) and each testing sessions took place within the space of one day.

Equine Journal Covers

Fairfax Performance Dressage Panel

Fairfax Performance Dressage Research

Allows significantly greater hindlimb extension

Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 54 (2017) 60-69

Presented at BEVA Congress 2016

Patent: GB2515079B

Fairfax Performance Jump Panel

Fairfax Jump Panel Research Paper

Enables increased shoulder flexion and fetlock clearance over a fence

Comparative Exercise Physiology 14-4 (2018) P239-247

Patent: GB2505962B

Fairfax Race Exercise Saddle

Fairfax Race Exercise Saddle Research Paper

Reduces pressure on the horse's musculature at gallop

Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2019)

Presented at BEVA Congress 2019

Fairfax Girth

Fairfax Performance Girth Research Paper

Prove to allow greater forelimb extension

Veterinary Journal 198-1 (2013) 92-97

Presented at BEVA Congress 2012

Patent: GB2488030 | Design reg: 001839028

Fairfax Bridle

Fairfax Bridle Scientfic Paper

Enables increased knee and hock flexion

Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 25 (2015) 947-955

Patent: GB2517150B & 2540305B

Fairfax World Class Dressage Saddle

Fairfax World Class Dressage Research Paper

Saddle Thigh Block Design Can Influence Rider and Horse Biomechanics

MPDI Equine Gait Analysis: Translating Science into Practice

Wool flocked Performance panel - Patent: 2515079B