Helping to elevate the quality of lameness care, health, and well-being of horses worldwide by promoting and offering quality continuing education for equine practitioners.
Kevin G. Keegan, DVM, MS, DACVS
The objective of this short course is to explain objective detection and evaluation of lameness in horses using body-mounted inertial sensors, specifically The Q with Lameness Locator, using easily understood biomechanical first principles and clinical experience.
How to interpret an apparent simultaneous forelimb and hindlimb lameness to make an educated guess as to the site of most likely primary lameness, using knowledge of known compensatory and secondary lameness patterns, will be covered.
Clinical examples will be used to show why, in certain cases, objective measurement of lameness was necessary for correct identification of the cause of lameness.
It will be shown that, with a little practice, and in the hands of an experienced equine veterinarians, using body-mounted inertial sensors can streamline the lameness evaluation, with minimal to no disruption of a practitioner’s current lameness evaluation procedure.
The use of this system will first be explained in didactic lecture type format, but then demonstrated on multiple live horses in a clinical setting. Participants will instrument the horses, give their own subjective interpretations of any observed lameness, and then compare this to the objective evaluation, which they will also interpret using what was learned in the didactic portion of the course.