Horses might show a slight asymmetry in their gait without being truly lame.
To better understand the piaffe and its effects on a horse’s biomechanics, researchers investigate the ground reaction forces of elite dressage horses performing the movement over pressure plates.
Researchers found horses on regular four- to six-week trim and shoe cycles didn’t have significant gait changes after their hoof care appointments, even on a finely measured level.
What could cause a change in an adult horse’s leg conformation?
Renowned researcher Dr. Hilary Clayton gave a keynote presentation about equine locomotion at the 2019 Equine Science Society Symposium. Here’s our exclusive recap.
Placing a boot on a horse’s weaker leg can use proprioception to help him build muscle force and reverse asymmetry, a study finds.
By analyzing “wither drop,” researchers found that some horses tend to drop their withers lower when bringing one foreleg forward than the other. Here’s what that means for equestrians.
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, researchers say.
Rising on the “correct” diagonal on a circle or curve helps counterbalance the horse’s movement asymmetry created by the curve itself. And if the horse is lame, the wrong diagonal could enhance that lameness and the right diagonal could mask it.
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