State-of-the-art Equine Gait Analysis Facilities
The RVC features a purpose built gait analysis laboratory for customised kinetic (force) and kinematic (movement) gait assessment. In addition, mobile sensor based assessment tools are used to support clinical lameness workups.
This unique setup for objective gait analysis enables us to provide state-of-the-art objective gait analysis for your horse. Our gait lab facilities comprise high-accuracy 3D cameras, multiple force platforms, pressure mats, standard and high speed video equipment and a dedicated equine treadmill.
The latest mobile gait analysis techniques based on novel movement sensors allow unobtrusive measurements during clinical lameness workups and for objective assessment of back movement. The measurements can easily be augmented by detailed slow motion recordings of your horse in motion (e.g. in combination with corrective or remedial farriery).
Image 1 (graph) shows mediolateral movement
Image 2 shows movement sensors
Kinetics (Force Analysis)
An array of eight force platforms has been seamlessly integrated into the floor of the gait analysis lab. These measure the forces acting on each individual limb and reveal subtle gait asymmetries/abnormalities with the highest sensitivity. Pressure sensitive mats can accompany force plate measurements when a more detailed view of the pressure distribution under the hoof is required.
Kinematics (Movement Analysis)
A state-of-the art 12-camera 3D motion capture system provides high accuracy (<1mm error) movement information. We quantify basic (stride, stance and swing times) and advanced (movement amplitudes, joint angles etc) stride parameters to reveal gait asymmetries/abnormalities.
High speed (or ‘slow motion’) cameras – capturing images up to 40 times faster than standard video cameras enable us to produce detailed visualisations of movement that are impossible to perceive with the naked eye. These recordings are particularly beneficial for assessing foot flight and placement and hence are often used in conjunction with corrective or remedial farriery.
Small and lightweight inertial sensors are the most current development in gait analysis as practical yet accurate tools for gait analysis under real-life conditions. Accurate information about horse movement (stride timing, movement amplitudes) can be acquired during clinical lameness exams and the wireless nature of the system allows the most flexible setup under different conditions – different surfaces, during lounging, before and after diagnostic analgesia (nerve blocks) and in the ridden horse.