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Acta Anat (Basel). 1993;146(2-3):196-9.

Quantification of hind limb lameness in the horse.

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Clinic for Orthopedics in Ungulates, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria.


The three-dimensional optoelectronic locomotion analysis system SELSPOT II was used for kinematic studies of hind limb locomotion patterns. Two groups, 11 sound horses and 15 horses suffering from hind limb lameness, were examined at the trot. Both graphical and quantitative analyses were compared in sound and lame horses. The parameter hip acceleration quotient (HAQ), using the different peaks of vertical acceleration of one hip during one stride, proved to be a suitable value for quantitative analysis of hind limb lameness. In sound horses the HAQ ranged from 1.03 to 1.54, lame horses showed values between 1.32 and 2.96. Checking and documentation of diagnostic anesthesias or therapies are possible applications.

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