Gait analysis is increasingly being used by veterinarians, farriers, and trainers to provide an objective and precise evaluation of equine gait. Digital analysis offers advantages to a visual scan, although both can be used successfuly to enhance rehabilitation, sports performance and to provide biofeedback.
Advantages to using gait analysis include the following:
- Lameness or neurological disease can be spotted
- Regular analysis can inform practitioners and enable fine-tuning therapy
- Gait comparisons can inform training programs to aid recovery
- The horse's gait can be compared to an 'ideal' to enhance performance.
Veterinarians, farriers and trainers are using a number of different kinds of systems in their gait analysis procedures. A number of companies have developed analysis software to aid in gait analysis, with everything from the use of multiple video tapes to advanced computerized digital systems.
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As an animal lover since childhood, Flossie was delighted when Mark, the CEO and developer of EquiMed asked her to join his team of contributors.
She enrolled in My Horse University at Michigan State and completed a number of courses in everything related to horse health, nutrition, diseases and conditions, medications, hoof and dental care, barn safety, and first aid.
Staying up-to-date on the latest developments in horse care and equine health is now a habit, and she enjoys sharing a wealth of information with horse owners everywhere..