Scientific and Equine Consultant
Dr David Marlin
David Marlin studied physiology and computing at Stirling University in Scotland (UK) from 1978 to 1981. David then trained with dressage rider and coach Judy Harvey (Fellow of the British Horse Society (FBHS) and Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) International dressage judge; Judy Harvey is a successful rider and a well‐respected trainer hosting clinics all over the world. He obtained his PhD from Loughborough University (the leading sports University in the UK) in 1989 after 4 years studying the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training at the world famous Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK. During this time he made some of the first studies in the world on horses running on high-speed treadmills.
He then worked for 3 years in Newmarket as equine exercise physiologist for racehorse trainer Luca Cumani where Jockey Frankie Dettori has just joined the yard as an apprentice. In the second year that David worked with Luca Cumani he had his first English Derby winner with Khayasi, who broke the track record at Epsom. In 1991 he returned to work at the Animal Health Trust and undertook a programme of study into the effects of road and air transport on horses.
From 1993–1996 he undertook studies on thermoregulation and transport of horses in the build-up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in conjunction with the FEI. He was also involved in advising The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), the Hong Kong Jockey Club, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the FEI on air-conditioning and cooling for horses at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
From 1990 until 2005 David held the position of Senior Scientist and Head of Physiology at the Animal Health Trust.
His main areas of professional interest are exercise physiology, nutrition, fitness, training, performance, thermoregulation, competition strategy, transport and respiratory disease.
He has worked as a consultant to the British Equestrian Teams since 1994 and was a member of the World Class Performance Scientific Advisory Group chaired by John McEwen when it was created in 2006. He was also trainer for the British Endurance Team when they won the Silver Medal at the Endurance World Championships in Compiegne (France) in 2000 and has consulted for many endurance teams and stables in the Middle East. He has recently been appointed Performance Advisor to the British Endurance Team.
David’s recent projects have included a review of the effects of temperature on horses during transport for the British Government, an investigation of welfare in Endurance racing for the FEI, development of testing methods for equine protective leg boots, scientific study of the training methods of Monty Roberts and investigations into factors associated with elite equine performance. He is currently working on projects related to welfare in endurance, headshaking, nutrition and personality types in equestrian sports.
He held the academic position of Professor in Physiology at Oklahoma State University (2008-2018). He is the author of over 200 scientific papers and book chapters. David’s other affiliations and positions include past Chair of the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) and editor of Comparative Exercise Physiology. He is also the author of Equine Exercise Physiology (Blackwell) and author of All Systems Go (a book about getting horses fit).
David is the founder of Science Supplements which was established in 2003. The company has developed a unique range of highly efficacious products and sources ingredients from all over the world for their manufacturing operation in the UK. Science Supplements currently export to the USA, Europe and the Middle East and also have a manufacturing base in South Africa.
Teaching Experience and Areas of Expertise
I have taught and mentored students at all levels from HND to PhD. I am comfortable in a conventional lecture environment or running seminars or individual mentoring. I like to engage students in a variety of ways to ensure that the teaching experience is stimulating and effective, including setting tasks for work in groups, problem solving and presentation of conclusions to group.
Critical evaluation of scientific literature
Presentation skills: how to produce and give an effective scientific presentation
Transport of animals
Physiological measurement techniques
Comparative exercise physiology (horse v dog v camel v man)
Equine nutrition: physiology; practical nutrition; nutritional approaches to colic, obesity, exertional rhabdomyolysis, behaviour, gastric ulceration; EU law relating to animal nutrition; common problems encountered in client nutrition.
Equine respiratory disease & disorders: EIPH; RAO; IAD
Exercise physiology (equine); performance; training; fitness assessment;
Current welfare issues in equestrian sport (e.g. deaths in endurance; hyperflexion in Dressage; medication abuse)
Cardiovascular function during exercise
Haematology, biochemistry & acid-base balance
• In-depth understanding of the ambulatory monitoring markets (e.g. activity, fitness, health, mood, performance etc) in the military, pharma, healthcare, consumer and professional sport spheres
• Familiar with regulatory requirements (FDA, MHRA, BSI, EC13, ISO, etc)
• Application engineering
• Algorithm development, testing and validation
• Authoring Design, Functional and Test specifications
• NPI experience
• Overseeing patent and IP
• Developing product test programme
• Product architecture
• Ability to understand customer requirements and technology capability to work with all levels of company to deliver
• Taking lead in projects from concept through prototyping to production
• Working with high level organisations e.g. police, military, medical, professional sport
• Designing, managing and evaluating clinical trials
• Accomplished, clear and confident public speaker
• Member of the European Respiratory Society Taskforce on Exhaled Breath Condensate
• Leader of the FEI Atlanta Field Trial Project 1994
• Advisor to the British Three-Day Event, Dressage and SJ Teams for Atlanta
• Provision of WBGT Index at 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games
• Provision of WBGT Index at 1999 Asian Games
• Production of recommendations for Horses Travelling to Atlanta
• Sports Science Advisor to British Endurance Teams
• Sports Science Project Manager for British Equestrian Federation
• Author of Equine Exercise Physiology (Blackwell)
• Member of the Equine Veterinary Journal Editorial Consultants Board
• Member of the Specialist Consultants Board for Equine Veterinary Education
• Editor of Comparative Exercise Physiology
• Member of the World Class Performance (UK) Scientific Advisory Group
• Chairman of the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP)
• Scientific leader of the FEI Welfare in Endurance Initiative
• Consultant to the Hong Kong Jockey Club
• Advisor to the FEI and IOC for the 2008 Beijing Games Equestrian events in Hong Kong
• Consultant to World Horse Welfare on Transport issues
• Scientific Project Leader for study of slaughter horse welfare in Europe for World Horse Welfare
• Organiser of the 1st and 2nd Havemeyer workshops on EIPH