Gait Patterns

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The seat of the saddle tips back. The panels of the saddle have contact with the horse’s back at the front and the back but not under the middle of the saddle. This is called bridging and causes focal pressure under the front and back of the saddle.

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Study: Ill-fitting Saddles Behind Horse, Rider Back Pain

July 12, 2014

Researchers associated Ill-fitting saddles with equine back issues, a stilted gait, and rider back pain. ... Read More

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'Minimalist' Endurance Saddle's Biomechanics Studied

June 21, 2014

The team found that it took the horse less time to finish a race in minimalist tack than in traditional tack.... Read More

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Leg Conformation

June 11, 2014

Good leg conformation in a horse is a must if that animal is to remain serviceably sound for performance.... Read More

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Tranquilizers for Riding

May 22, 2014

Should tranquilizers be used to help calm a horse down so it can be ridden? ... Read More

Lyall submitted this image of her mare’s unusual sweat pattern.

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Uneven Sweating and Intermittent Lameness in a Horse

May 20, 2014

What could cause an unusual sweat pattern and occasional lameness in a horse? ... Read More

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California Chrome Will Wear Nasal Strip in Belmont Stakes

May 19, 2014

California Chrome will be allowed to wear a nasal strip in the June 7 Belmont Stakes.... Read More

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UF to Dedicate New Equine Sports Performance Complex

May 14, 2014

The new venue is designed to allow vets to better evaluate performance horses under saddle.... Read More

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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

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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