Equine veterinary practice and digital assistance

This is not a surprise, digital is taking an increasingly important place in all spheres of our life.
Between gadget and real utility, how does digital help the horse locomotion follow-up?

To be able to see and quantify the changes

To observe an evolution in the locomotion of the horse, to identify subtle signals before the appearance of clinical signs. Here are examples of the use of technologies in locomotor monitoring.

Impact of shoeing, trimming, manual handling (osteopathy)… on horse locomotion, are verified by professionals equipped with Tendiboots technology.

This information, which is complementary to their daily practice, contributes to decision-making.

A single objective, to improve the health and performance of the horses entrusted to them.

One feature that I particularly like is to be able to see how the horse's locomotion has evolved before and after my shoeing

Wim Bode, farrier of the Equine Clinic Equitom
Here are two examples of horses followed over a period of several days / weeks thus allowing to have a global and objective vision of the evolution of their respective locomotion.
Horse #1

Horse with old tendonitis of the right forelimb.

Follow-up to see that the horse remains stable in its locomotor functioning.

The distribution of the load remains higher on the left front (data indicated in blue), but stable over time.

The increase in this asymmetry should be monitored to avoid a recurrence.

Horse #2

Demonstration of a change of farrier in the locomotion of this horse.

1. Distribution of the upper load on the right limb (data indicated in red) before taking charge of the new farrier.

2. Balancing of the load between the members after the first intervention of the new farrier.

3. Slight transfer to the left anterior (data indicated in blue) from the second intervention.

Asymmetry in load distribution has been reduced.

Detect small signals early

We told you in our previous article each horse has a unique locomotor signature.

Studies carried out in humans have made it possible to discover that athletes have their own body language, identified as a real signature.
Within Ekico, we also wanted to test the ability of the Tendiboots™ to recognize a horse’s own locomotor signature.

Discover or rediscover the results of this device in our article “Does each horse have its own “locomotor signature?””

The Tendiboots allow me to detect small changes in the proper functioning of the horses that I am. And that, before they clinically report a problem.

Dr Kerry Pride, veterinarian in Montana, USA

The data collected by the Tendiboots precisely follow various parameters of locomotion:

 

  • An indication of load distribution between the limbs expressed in % and Newton. This information is correlated with the movement of the limb carried out during the fetlock dropping.
 
  • An indication of the landing time of the different limbs.
 
  • An indication of the acceleration of different limbs relative to each other.

The parameters presented above change directly during changes in locomotion (during the declaration of lameness for example).

For locomotor and athletic monitoring of horses, this additional information to the veterinary examination contributes to an early detection of changes in locomotion.
You can find in detail the follow-up of a racehorse by Dr Kerry Pride, in particular on the impact of the shoeing.

Locomotion monitoring and analysis

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