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Sunday, July 27, 2008

New Video: High-Speed/Slo-Mo Treadmill Gallop Strides

Motion Imaging Corporation (MIC) is headquartered in Minnesota, and the company must be thrilled that the University of Minnesota has built a state-of-the-art equine sports medicine center right in the neighborhood. This week, MIC gave us a peek at their motion capture analysis system in use at the center.

What you see here are a few strides of a horse on a treadmill. MIC also makes a system called Equine Gait Trax that captures motion to aid in the evaluation and assessment of gait in horses. The high speed ratio of the camera allows great detail to be seen when the speed is slowed down.

Next month, the University of Minnesota will host the 5th International Symposium on Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy in Veterinary Medicine in Minneapolis. Speakers include Dr. Hilary Clayton.


cj said...

Wow. This is a really neat video. It makes galloping look like such a precarious process. I find myself particularly shocked (nigh horrified) at the action of the fetlock. This is a stupid question from a layperson, but... is the horse in the video an animal with dropped pasterns, or do all horses' legs really do that with every stride?

pnb said...


I feel this clearly demonstrates the need for a sufficent shoe length at the heel. It has long been considered in the racing industry that short shoe will enable the toe to lift under extreme motion, causeing catistrofic soft tissue injury. Seeing this I am left in little doubt TOES DO LIFT when shoes are fitted short of the butresses!!


Winston said...

Thanks for posting that clip. What is a good source to see similar clips of various horses at various gaits, both good and bad?

Or is there such a creature?

Thanks again and I hope it's o.k. that I linked to your blog.

Shirley said...

To thank you for keeping us informed on all aspects of hoofdom, I have an award for you at my blog, if you would care to accept it.