Gait Patterns

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Poll Recap: Longeing Lessons

April 15, 2014

Of the 797 respondents, 329 (41%) said longeing is a regular part of their horses' fitness program.... Read More

Horses are athletic animals designed for movement, and most equestrians would agree that few things are more beautiful that a horse in motion. The following are examples of the most basic equine gaits.

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An Introduction to Basic Horse Gaits

January 29, 2014

Horses are athletic animals designed for movement. Find out more about the most basic equine gaits. ... Read More

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Immediate Effects of Shoeing on Horses' Movement

December 11, 2013

Researchers found that horses do show some movement asymmetry after being trimmed.... Read More

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Researchers Go In Search of the Perfect Passage

December 07, 2013

Are top dressage horses routinely performing the "perfect passage" as defined by the FEI?... Read More

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Longeing Surface's Effects on Sound, Lame Horses

December 04, 2013

The team found movement symmetry differences between sound and lame horses longed on soft and hard surfaces.... Read More

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Hoof Kinematics in Mild Lameness Diagnoses

November 27, 2013

Researchers are using hoof kinematics to aid in the diagnosis of mild or subclinical lameness.... Read More

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Examining the Trot to Canter Transition Step by Step

November 25, 2013

The trot to canter transition takes about two-and-a-half strides to complete, researchers learned.... Read More

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Equine Gait Analysis Takes Step Forward

August 19, 2013

Researchers used sensors to measure a horse's movements and quantify limb movement outside a gait laboratory.... Read More

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Shoeing Techniques to Optimize Hind Hoof Unrollment

June 09, 2013

Researchers evaluated shoeing options to optimize hind hoof unrollment (or toe movement through the stride).... Read More

Flexion testing, using the sensor-based system, at the University of Glasgow's School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Research Shows Responses to Flexion Tests can be Measured

May 23, 2013

Recent research shows that a sensor-based system can effectively measure a horse’s response to flexion tests.... Read More

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Consider Trotting Speed when Diagnosing Subtle Lameness

May 21, 2013

Slowing down the trot during exams for mildly lame horses could yield more accurate results, researchers say.... Read More

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How Much Weight Can Horses Comfortably Carry?

May 17, 2013

Horses topped out at 29% of their body weight in a study that evaluated gait changes when loaded.... Read More

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Horse Gaitedness: It's in the Genes

April 17, 2013

Swedish researchers discovered that genetic makeup affects locomotion patterns in horses.... Read More

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Hind-Limb Flexion Test Times Compared (AAEP 2012)

February 28, 2013

In this particular study, the 5- and 60-second flexions did not yield the same results.... Read More

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'Gaited' Gene Mutation and Related Motion Examined

September 05, 2012

Researchers have identified and are studying a gene mutation linked to altered gait in horses.... Read More

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Equine Gait Abnormalities as a Diagnostic Tool

May 03, 2012

Some disorders produce gait abnormalities and lamenesses that aid in a quick and accurate diagnosis.... Read More

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Equine Lameness Detection

May 01, 2012

Some veterinarians are adding a new tool to their lameness diagnosis arsenal... Read More

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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