Elastic properties of the hind foot of the Donkey, Equus asinus

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Abstract

The elastic properties of the hind feet of Donkeys, and of tendons removed from the feet, have been investigated by methods similar to those used in a previous study of the forefoot. The elastic strain energy stored in the foot, during a trotting step, is calculated to be approximately the optimum which would minimize the work required of the muscles in this gait.

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