Gait Patterns


Compensating for Lameness; Not What You Thought

March 01, 2004

When a horse is lame, he often seems to be changing his gait in the diagonal limb to compensate. Recent research has shown this to be true, but the manner in which the horse does this is surprising.

Research was conducted at the McPhail... Read More


Drug Interaction in Lame Horses

February 26, 2004

Whether it is in the Olympics, Major League Baseball, college football or horse racing, the use of multiple pain-relieving drugs to enhance performance is a major concern. Now, one University of Missouri-Columbia veterinarian is testing differen... Read More


Hock Joint Mechanics: Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

March 05, 2003

“One of the most frequent sites of lameness is the hock joint,” said Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU), in her presentation “A New Look at the Hock... Read More


Lower Limb Research--Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

March 04, 2003

Probably the foremost biomechanics researcher in the country, Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine, McPhail Equine Performance Center, discussed recent lower limb research during the 16th annual... Read More


Lower Limb Research at the Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

March 01, 2003

Probably the foremost biomechanics researcher in the country, Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University's McPhail Equine Performance Center, discussed recent lower limb... Read More


Classic and Australian Stringhalt

February 01, 2003

It's a disturbing and distressing sight: You're backing your horse when one hind leg jerks forward and upward, nearly clipping his abdomen. It's the same every time you back your horse--this strange movement where his leg snaps up toward his... Read More


Hock Lameness: A Joint Nutraceutical's Effect (AAEP 2002)

January 03, 2003

The study looked at the effects of a joint supplement (Corta-Flx) on gait asymmetry caused by degenerative joint disease (DJD) of the distal intertarsal and/or tarsometatarsal joints of one or both hocks.... Read More


Forging in Young Horses

July 01, 2002

Q: My trainer says that my 1 1/2-year-old Thoroughbred colt is forging, but only at the trot. What can I do?... Read More


$3 Million Gift Funds Research Chair at Orthopaedic Research Center

June 11, 2002

A private $3 million gift from Mrs. Barbara Cox Anthony will establish an endowed chair at Colorado State University's Orthopaedic Research Center within the College of Veterinary Medicine. The chair will provide a secure source of funding... Read More


Pharmacia Contributes to Equine Science Program

May 15, 2002

 Pharmacia Animal Health recently announced a $5,000 pledge to a fundraising campaign supporting the Equine Science Center at Cook College of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

The campaign goal is to raise $7 million by... Read More


Front Foot Flick

February 01, 2002

My 12-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse often "flicks" his left front foot when putting it forward. His previous owners said it was only a cosmetic problem, but my friends say it hurts him when I ride. However, after our latest three-mile... Read More


Gait To Gate

October 18, 2001

The scene at a horse sale is familiar. The smell of coffee fills the air as early morning enthusiasts walk through the barns. A "first-time-off-the-farm" filly whinnies as her dam is trotted down the aisle for a group watching her stride. A man... Read More


Navicular Syndrome

October 10, 2001

Most veterinarians and farriers agree that navicular-type lameness is the foot's response to stress, particularly repetitive stress that can put uneven pressure on different parts of the horse's foot.... Read More


Equine Performance Center Opens

July 07, 2001

Health care for the nation's horse population entered a new era June 7 when the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center officially opened at Michigan State University.

Occupying more than 18,000 square feet of space, the center... Read More


Form and Function of Joints

June 01, 2001

There is a definite correlation between joint angle, hoof flight pattern, and weight bearing. One might even wax a bit poetic and declare that as the joint angles, so flies and lands the hoof. That's where the poetry ends, however, because if... Read More


McPhail Center Opens

August 01, 2000

On June 7, understanding of the movement of a horse made significant strides with the opening of the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University (MSU). This 18,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will allow to... Read More


Gait Analysis

September 01, 1999

Ever since the 1880s, when Edweard Muybridge set up a series of cameras to capture the character of footfalls of a racehorse, we’ve been fascinated by how horses move. No doubt you’ve seen that early sequence of photos, which demonstrated that... Read More


Leg Conformation

July 01, 1999

Proper leg conformation for the horse is highly important in all of its endeavors.... Read More


They've Got The Beat: Gaited Horses

June 01, 1998

Every horse moves forward, and gaited horses ease the journey onward. By moving their legs in a four-beat lateral gait, these horses produce a smooth ride. Their locomotion pattern varies from horses which trot in a diagonal... Read More