Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Gait Analysis: Check out this frame...no this one...did you see that?

There is no question that British-based software from Equinalysis has opened people's eyes to looking at horse's loading patterns for clues to lameness or performance problems.

"Landing vs. loading" is the new "static vs dynamic" debate among farriers. And the new software is being used by both camps to pile up the evidence.

Now high speed video is entering the arena...literally, in some cases. Hunter stride kinetics, Thoroughbred stride length, and out of the gate collection can now be looked at under a (very expensive) microscope.

Watch Hoofcare & Lameness and hoofcare.com for new developments in this area, along with important new research from Europe on the inconsistency of stride characteristics in high level performance horses.