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Looking For Lameness During A Pre-Purchase Exam

Ohio vet and farrier corrects asymmetrical gaits with wireless sensors

The following article is based on Dusty Franklin, Kevin Kraus and Dr. Adam Pendleton's presentation at the 2018 International Hoof-Care Summit. To watch the presentation, click here.

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.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Asymmetry can easily be mistaken for lameness.
  • When hooves are mismatched, the under-run foot should be trimmed first, rather than the club foot.
  • Asymmetry can be treated with shoeing that corrects uneven feet.

“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…

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Audrey Pavia

Audrey Pavia is a freelance writer and author of 23 books about animals. She lives with a host of animals at her Norco, Calif., home.

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