Stabilizing the Lameness

Following viewing the initial baseline straight evaluation, repeat the trial to confirm stability of lameness measurements! 

  1. When beginning an evaluation, it is advised to perform two straight line trials one after the other to confirm results, and, if lameness present, a stable lameness. 
  2. Horses fresh out of a stall or off of a trailer may not always show a stable lameness on the first evaluation.  
  3. There is also a small window of expected trial-to-trial variability. However, significantly different results between two trials are indicative of an unstable lameness. 
  4. If two trials back to back do not yield similar results in limb, timing, and amplitude, it is recommended to exercise the horse, such as lunging, for a few minutes and evaluate again. 

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