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Abstracts and Studies
First Posted: Nov 9, 2011
Nov 7, 2014

Evaluation of biomechanical effects of four stimulation devices placed on the hind feet of trotting horses

Am J Vet Res. 2011 Nov;72(11):1489-95.
Clayton HM, Lavagnino M, Kaiser LJ, Stubbs NC.
Source: Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

This study was to "compare effects of 4 types of stimulation devices attached to the hind feet on hoof flight, joint angles, and net joint powers of trotting horses. Animals-8 clinically normal horses. Procedures-Horses were evaluated under 5 conditions in random order: no stimulators, loose straps (10 g), lightweight tactile stimulators (55 g), limb weights (700 g), and limb weights with tactile stimulators (700 g)." It was concluded that "The type and weight of foot stimulators affected the magnitude of the kinematic and kinetic responses and the joints affected. These findings suggest that different types of foot stimulators are appropriate for rehabilitation of specific hind limb gait deficits, such as toe dragging and a short stride."

PMID: 22023127Pub Med

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Abstracts and Studies