Localizing Lameness

By Susan Aielo • Published: March 4th, 2011
Category: Animal Airwaves

Horses are the Olympic athletes of the animal kingdom. So it’s no surprise that a sore limb can spell trouble.

Traditionally, veterinarians have diagnosed lameness by watching horses move and making educated guesses about the limbs and joints involved. This relies heavily on the experience of the observer, and is even more difficult when lameness is subtle or there is more than one problem.

The new Lameness Locator® technology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine promises to greatly improve this process. This technology combines a computer and a body-mounted sensor to provide an objective, real-time assessment of equine movement. It can determine the affected limb or limbs, the severity of lameness within each limb, and the peak moment of pain during each limb’s stride.

This could help horses trot closer to recovery.