EquiMoves is a tool that equine vets, trainers and breeders can use for lameness exams, pre-purchase tests and sport horse monitoring.
Traditionally, vets have been able to evaluate the movement of horses visually. But the human eye is only capable of capturing images with a frequency of 20Hz (20 images per second). This makes the human capacity for assessment insufficient in order to arrive at a consistent and objective evaluation of the functioning of the horse’s loco-motor system, especially when diagnosing lameness – much less when predicting a horse’s performance.
The EquiMoves technology is based on wireless inertial sensors placed at the head, withers, sacrum and cannon bones of the horse which can offer objective and unbiased information.
EquiMoves has been used for research purposes by Utrecht University and several other universities around the world. EquiMoves has now expanded this technology to the clinical setting bringing objective and lameness assessment to a completely new level.
- Quantitative gait analysis offers objective and unbiased information which can be valuable during a lameness examination.
- Kinematic methods can be used to quantify changes in locomotion due to lameness.
- Gait analysis using wireless inertial sensors have good potential for clinical application.
- Repeated measurements (e.g. before and after diagnostic anaesthesia or treatment) may have highest clinical relevance.
Advantages of EquiMoves
- The only mobile equine gait analysis system in the world that measures and produces reports in all gaits & all surfaces.
- The only mobile equine gait analysis system in the world that has sensors on the upper body & on the legs.
- EquiMoves provides the best accuracy and precision on the market.
- It captures movements that might be close to impossible to detect with the naked eye.
Ease of use
- The system is wireless and mobile.
- Measurements can be started or stopped anytime during the normal procedure of the lameness exam.
- Horses can be assessed in hand, ridden or driven.
- The workflow is designed to interfere as little as possible with your normal workflow.
- Results are displayed within seconds after the measurement is finished.
- A full lameness exam (walk, trot and canter) can be reported.
- It is easy to compare results from different assessments or even different visits.
EquiMoves system setup
Wireless inertial sensors for capturing motion data are attached to the legs, the withers, the sacrum, and the head of the horse. The sensor data is streamed to a gateway connected to the computer. Having a wireless and mobile system makes assessments easy and integrated in the clinical workflow.
Placing sensors is completely non-intrusive for the horse and does not disturb the normal movement pattern of the horse.
In the standard setup seven wireless inertial sensors are used to measure the horse in all gaits.
The EquiMoves motion processing software computes the relevant parameters and analyzes the horse’s gait for lameness and performance assessment.
With our own tailor-made asymmetry analysis tool objective and quantitative lameness analysis is quick, easy and comprehensible. EquiMoves quantifies these asymmetries in an easy and understandable way as an objective complement to your subjective evaluation.
The system also provides stride related information with the best accuracy and precision on the market. This enables you to capture movement that might be close to impossible to detect with the naked eye. The interface is designed to show asymmetries in a variety of ways, ranging from an easy overview to in depth stride by stride information.
The EquiMoves software is paired with quick and easy comparisons of measurements and a report function, making it cutting edge technology for objective lameness assessment.
The EquiMoves software generates a report of the measurements, split in events and gaits. A full lameness exam (walk, trot and canter) can be reported. Is the horse symmetric or does it have an impact lameness (MinDiff) or push-off lameness (MaxDiff)? The sensor at the head indicates a front limb lameness and the sensor at the sacrum indicates a hind limb lameness.
In a lot of cases horses will have an asymmetry at the head and the sacrum. In this case we will use also the information of the sensors at the withers for indicating the primary source of lameness.
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If you are interested in using EquiMoves in your activities please send us a message and we will be happy to give you more information.
The June 2021 issue of the Vetscience magazine, published by University of Utrecht, presents the advantages of using the EquiMoves measurement system in daily veterinary practice. Since subjectivity is affecting both human and veterinary medicine, “the greatest benefit… Read more →
The EquiMoves system was presented on October 25th 2020 on the Dutch TV channel NPO Start during the talk show “Tussen Kop en Staart” (Between Head and Tail). You can enjoy EquiMoves in action starting from minute 17:50… Read more →
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