Gait Patterns

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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

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Locomotion (Book Excerpt)

October 11, 2006

Locomotion is at the very heart of what most domesticated horses do for a living. The way a horse moves (specifically) often is taken for granted. Locomotion is directly linked to conformation as it dictates "the way a horse moves."... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Lameness Diagnosis via Head and Pelvis Movement

February 14, 2005

"I used to think I knew how to evaluate a horse's movement for lameness, until I started to look more carefully. Two different highly experienced practitioners can evaluate a lame horse, and come up with different [lame] legs," said Kevin Keegan... Read More

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Getting Back to Work

February 01, 2005

My 5-year-old mare has been suffering from an odd gait problem for a few weeks. She "hikes up" her right hind leg from the hock at a walk, but is perfectly sound at the trot and canter. She has been diagnosed with a form of tenosynovitis... Read More

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BEVA Shares Education

February 01, 2005

The United Kingdom is famous for its rich history and deeply rooted traditions, but that doesn't mean its veterinarians are bound to ancient methods of equine medicine. Quite the contrary, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) hosts... Read More

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Assessing Multiple Limb Lameness

January 18, 2005

"Horses with lameness in more than one limb are a diagnostic challenge, especially if both a forelimb and a hindlimb are involved," said Sue J. Dyson, FRCVS, of the Center for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust, during her presentation on... Read More

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Why Horses Stumble

June 01, 2004

The onset of stumbling might indicate a shoeing problem, or could be a warning of serious health problems.... Read More

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Gait Monitoring System Introduced

May 01, 2004

The system helps overcome subjectivity when veterinarians and farriers assess horses at work, and could be used for purchase exams. Individual horses' stride length, breakover distance, and carpal (knee)/tarsal (hock)/fetlock flexion can be measured,... Read More

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Gait Monitoring System Introduced

April 13, 2004

Farriers got an eyeful of what the future might hold for them at the highest levels of equestrian sport at the American Farrier's Association (AFA) Convention, held in March 2004 in Rochester, New York. This future is specialized video monitorin... Read More

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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

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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

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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