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Introducing our NEW Equinosis® Lameness Locator

We are super excited to share we have an Equinosis® Lameness Locator ®, this provides us with a scientific approach to lameness in your horse or pony at your own field/stable.
If you have ever found yourself saying ‘Something about my horse just isn’t right? then this could provide the answer.

The ‘Q’ is a portable diagnostic system which objectively measure a horse’s movement. The system provides an analysis that indicates whether the horse is lame, the severity of the lameness, the limb or limbs involved, and the part of the motion cycle at which peak pain is occurring.
How it works?
Wireless sensors are positioned on your horse/ponies body, these link with a tablet with on-board analysis. The ‘Q’s microelectronic sensors compute precise measurements of how the horse moves, that the human eye can’t see – tracking head and torso movement accurately to less than one mm at 100 meters. It can pick apart asymmetries or lameness, meaning it can pick up subtle issues before they present as more severe/obvious problem.

The gait analysis grades the lameness, which allows our vets to not only rely on their eye but also get a objective measurement. This can reduce the time from evaluation to localisation and subsequent treatment.

The ‘Q’ can –
Measure rider effects on lameness
Quantify effectiveness of diagnostic nerve & joint blocks
Evaluate mild or multiple limb lameness
Monitor rehabilitation progress
Gauge effectiveness of therapeutics
Assess asymmetry in pre-purchase evaluations

We have had some fantastic results using this amazing service already – if you’d like to speak to us about how it could help you call us on 01782 510502

To view a video on the Equinosis® Lameness Locator – click here

 

How it was developed?

The Lameness Locator® technology evolved from the development of motion analysis algorithms at the University of Missouri using a high-speed camera and treadmill-based system. The algorithms were developed in a collaborative effort between practicing equine veterinarians, led by Dr. Kevin Keegan, DVM, and engineers, led by Dr. Frank Pai, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer, for the specific purpose of lameness evaluation in horses.  Dr. Pai’s research interest and expertise in “structural damage detection” were instrumental in the development of the algorithms used in Lameness Locator.

The motion variables most likely to detect and quantify lameness were first found using sophisticated data mining search techniques and then tested and validated with robust neural network classification schemes. Later collaboration between the University of Missouri and Dr. Yoshiharu Yanezawa, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Hiroshima Institute of Technology in Japan adopted this analysis approach to a system of wirelessly-transmitted, body-mounted inertial sensors, ideal for field use.  Dr. Yonezawa’s research interest and expertise in “Bio-instrumentation systems” were instrumental in the development of the hardware utilized in Lameness Locator®.

Equinosis® LLC was founded in 2007 in Columbia, Missouri with its first objective to make the Lameness Locator® available to equine veterinarians and to elevate the quality of care, health, and well-being of horses.

credit: Equinosis