Gait Patterns

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Diagnosing Equine Ataxia: Go Back to Basics

December 24, 2011

Go back to basics to understand what ataxia is and how to diagnose the cause for ataxia in affected horses.... Read More

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Diagnosing Gait Irregularities in Horses

October 01, 2011

To get to the bottom of subtle performance-limiting gait abnormalties, vets must consider every puzzle piece.... Read More

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Detecting Equine Lameness with Motion Sensors

March 21, 2011

The most common ailment to affect a horse is lameness. A University of Missouri equine veterinarian has developed a system to effectively assess this problem using motion detection. The system is referred to as "Lameness Locator." Kevin Keegan ... Read More

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Horse Kick Victim Develops Rare Disease

October 02, 2010

A 79-year-old man who managed an animal sanctuary in England was trampled by his horses. He suffered cuts and bruises but otherwise seemed relatively unscathed. A week later, however, he was taken to the hospital because he was confused, feve... Read More

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Stringhalt in Horses

October 01, 2010

Stringhalt seems to make horses yank their legs up and halt them there momentarily before taking their next step. This is the outward sign of neurologic disease, sometimes caused by toxicity, sometimes of unknown origin.... Read More

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Equine Lameness

May 01, 2010

Get the facts on lameness in horses, from causes to diagnosis, treatment, and future prognosis.... Read More

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Lameness: Getting to the Bottom of It

April 01, 2010

Pinpointing lameness in horses is crucial before proper treatment can be prescribed. There are several approaches to lameness examinations and diagnostic methods, which will be partly determined by the age of the horse and what it does for living.... Read More

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Vets Assess Back Pain, Vertebral Lesions in Trotting Horses

March 29, 2010

In a retrospective study of 118 French Trotters, a team of veterinarians found that horses with back pain had more severe and localized lesions identifiable on X ray than horses with no evidence of back pain, but even pain-free horses had lesio... Read More

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Indistinct Gait Deficits: Musculoskeletal and Neurologic Causes

March 01, 2010

Strategies to identify specific problems in a horse with indistinct or unusual gait deficits, particularly if... Read More

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Lameness Problems in Gaited Horses, AAEP 2009

January 14, 2010

About 75 veterinarians gathered to discuss common lameness problems faced by gaited horses during the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention.

Foot lameness was the first topic of discussion, especially th... Read More

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Lameness Exams: Vets Seek Reliable Approach

December 20, 2009

After identifying a lack of reliability and repeatability in experienced veterinarians' evaluation of lameness, a group of vets have challenged the industry to search for and develop "a more objective and reliable method of lameness evaluation for us... Read More

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Training Alters Stride in Racehorses

September 19, 2009

Training mature racehorses produces a decrease in the protraction (extension) time of the forelimb and might reduce the risk of training-induced injuries, said Marta Ferrari, DrMedVet, PhD, MRCVS, of Park Veterinary Centre in Watford, U.K, and... Read More

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Surface Safety, Step By Step

April 14, 2009

What type of impact do various terrains actually have on the health of a horse's hooves and legs? French researchers are using a highly sensitive 3-D dynamometric shoe and other instruments to give unprecedented insight into the biomechanical... Read More

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Lameness in the Gaited Horse

April 06, 2009

There were comments from practitioners representing both the Morgan and American Saddlebred Horse breeds, stating that they had heard many positive breed industry comments in support of this white paper. Everyone in the room showed support for maint... Read More

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Lame or Ataxic? Kinetic Gait Analysis Can Tell

March 12, 2009

Being able to tell the difference between a mild lameness and subtle spinal ataxia is an important, yet challenging, endeavor in equine practice. Ohio State researchers recently reported that kinetic gait analysis--the computer... Read More

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Ataxia in a Young Horse: A Matter of Time and Luck

January 21, 2009

When we got a call from our boarding stable, we weren't expecting to hear the word "ataxia." ... Read More

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Stiff Hocks and Knees

April 01, 2008

Q: My husband and I have raised several hundred horses over the last 40 years, but we have never seen an issue like the one affecting my 4-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. He does not like to bend his knees and hocks. When I ride... Read More

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Gait Analysis During Lameness Rehabilitation

October 26, 2007

At the AAEP Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, 2007, Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University, presented her findings on... Read More

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Sticky Stifles

October 01, 2007

My Thoroughbred's stifles have been making a popping noise for quite some time.... Read More

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Walking Horse Group, UT to Collaborate on Gait Analysis Study; Funding Sought

September 03, 2007

The University of Tennessee (UT) and the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association (TWHBEA) are working together to develop and secure funding for a balance and mobility study to analyze the natural gait of the Tennessee... Read More

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Where Does It Hurt?

August 27, 2007

One of the most frustrating aspects of diagnosing and treating lameness in horses is that they can't tell you where it hurts. But a relatively new technology to the equine world is helping some veterinarians pinpoint lameness problems. Bruce... Read More

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Hitch in the Giddy-Up

June 01, 2007

Question: I have a Trakehner/Thoroughbred cross that starts flexing his hind legs rather noticeably when trotting and/or beginning to canter. He usually does not do this unless he gets excited in the trot, is striking off in the canter, or is ... Read More

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Clunking Hocks

June 01, 2007

My two Miniature Horses have a clunking sound that comes from their hocks. What is this condition?... Read More

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Gait Analysis System Tests Underway at Va. Tech Equine Medical Center

April 25, 2007

"Previous gait analysis systems were based on computer images that were sometimes misleading," said Keoughan. "This system will enable us to optimize hoof balance and comfort leading to heightened performance and success."... Read More

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Gait Analysis for Horses

April 01, 2007

There has been a long journey over a relatively short span of time in the world of equine gait analysis. The first studies utilized high-speed cameras and a treadmill and took place at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences some 35 years... Read More