Horse Gait Analysis: Eight-Point Sensor System Shows Promise
Horse gait analysis is getting more advanced: A recently developed and tested comprehensive motion sensor system can simultaneously record and analyze data remotely from eight parts of a moving horse body.
The strategically placed inertial measurement units (IMUs) on the horse can help evaluate gait and movement in a variety of situations, said Filipe Serra Bragança, DVM, a PhD candidate in equine musculoskeletal biology at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Department of Equine Sciences, in The Netherlands.
By collecting kinematic movement data wirelessly from the horse’s poll, withers, sacrum, sternum (underside of the barrel), and each leg, veterinarians and even judges could complement their visual assessments of horses in motion, he said. Such a system could give critical information about lameness, neurological disorders, performance, and natural
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