The Equinosis Q lameness locator allows the veterinarians at SHEC to objectively measure lameness in horses with non-invasive inertial sensors. The lameness locator is not a substitute for veterinary lameness examinations however, it is a valuable aid for equine practitioners to use in lameness examination to evaluate cases of equine lameness.

How does it work? 

The Equinosis Q has inertial sensors placed over the pole, croup, right forelimb pastern and on the rider for ridden examinations. These sensors allow the horses motion to be analysed. Based on the data collected the affected limbs can be determined as well as the severity of the lameness and the timing of peak pain in the stride cycle (i.e. impact, mid-stance or push-off).

What is the benefit of a using the Equinosis Q for lameness examinations? 

1)     Equinosis Q provides objective, repeatable measurements rather than subjective lameness grades as given in traditional lameness exams. This allows the lameness to be quantified. This can be useful for assessing the progress of treatment and rehabilitation programs. This also allows the effectiveness of nerve and joint regional anaesthesia (blocks) to be assessed objectively by quantifying their effectiveness.

2)     The Equinosis Q is reported to be 10 times more sensitive than the human eye and has the ability to quantify asymmetry in equine movement with sub-millimetre precision. This means that mild lameness can be measured prior to obvious visual cues. This makes the Equinosis Q useful for monitoring sub-clinical performance and for evaluating mild or multiple limb lameness.

3)     In cases of multiple limb lameness horses may appear lame in multiple limbs as a result of a primary lameness with a compensatory response in the other area. This can be challenging both clinically and from a diagnostic standpoint for veterinary clinicians. However, with the aid of the lameness locator the primary source of pain can be more accurately determined.

Pictured below is one of our veterinarians, Dr Ramon Perez, and our veterinary nurse Avril performing a thorough lameness exam using our lameness locator. Contact the clinic today for more information or to book a lameness exam with our lameness locator!