Prospective horse owners depend on pre-purchase exams to uncover issues that could potentially affect a horse’s performance — particularly hidden lameness.
Adam Pendleton, an equine veterinarian and farrier, discussed a pre-purchase exam he conducted on a 10-year-old Quarter Horse mare during which he utilized an interesting method to determine the mare’s soundness: the Equinosis Q with Lameness Locator.
The Equinosis Q, which is manufactured by Columbia, Mo.-based Equinosis LLC, uses wireless sensors to track a horse’s movement accurately to less than 1 millimeter. It uses algorithms that compute precise lameness metrics the human eye can’t detect.
“The Equinosis Q is a system of inertial sensors, and it measures gait asymmetry, which, in my practice, seems to have really been a huge benefit,” Pendleton told attendees of the Delta Mustad Hoof Care Center Summer Lunchtime Panel at the 2018 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio. “The great thing is that you take the baseline data, and you have a digital copy of that to refer back to. And it’s not subjective.”
He adds that the tool is a very good identifier of gait asymmetry.
“I think we have to extrapolate what we think causes asymmetry, how significant it is for the horse, and how it affects performance,” says Pendleton, who practices performance horse medicine and podiatry…