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Acceptance & Resistance of Lameness Measurement  – Seasoned Lameness Experts Sound Off

Acceptance & Resistance of Lameness Measurement – Seasoned Lameness Experts Sound Off

By Nancy Loving Nancy S. Loving, DVM, Loving Equine Clinic | Updated on | NS Loving, Objective vs. Subjective Opinion

Wellness exams and lameness evaluations often pose challenges for equine practitioners to pin down the root of a horse’s problem. Get it right and the client is forever indebted and is quick to voice confidence in your skills. Get it wrong, and they may abandon your practice and look elsewhere for veterinary expertise.  Yet, in today’s diagnostic armamentarium, there is a powerful tool that has the potential to increase not just client confidence in your expertise but also your own confidence in developing a diagnosis. Inertial sensor systems provide an objective analysis of a horse’s gait. Despite access...

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Visual Assessment of Lameness: Limitations and Pitfalls

Visual Assessment of Lameness: Limitations and Pitfalls

By Nancy Loving Nancy S. Loving, DVM, Loving Equine Clinic | Updated on | NS Loving, Objective vs. Subjective Opinion

There has been a long-standing discussion amongst many equine veterinarians about the confidence they feel using the naked eye to evaluate and assess lame horses.  Many feel certain that they have a keen eye and can discern even subtle gait asymmetries, and think that there is little need for objective assessment using inertial sensor modalities. A recent webinar presented by Maarten Oosterlinck, DVM, PhD, DECVSMR, DECVS and Sandra Starke, BSc, MSc, PhD cited interesting data on how such self-assessed confidence in visual assessment may not be all it seems. At the start of the discussion, Oosterlinck notes that it...

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An Inside Look At Objective Evaluation: All-Access Investigation of the Equinosis Q

An Inside Look At Objective Evaluation: All-Access Investigation of the Equinosis Q

By Nancy Loving Nancy S. Loving, DVM, Loving Equine Clinic | Updated on | Editorial, NS Loving, Objective vs. Subjective Opinion

FEB 2019 - As equine veterinarians, we are all too familiar with the challenges of diagnosing lameness and formulating a treatment plan. This winter I had a chance to learn hands on about a device that might change the whole paradigm of lameness evaluation. It’s called the Q with Lameness Locator, developed over the last three decades by Kevin Keegan, DVM, MS, DACVS at the University of Missouri. This device provides evidence-based, objective lameness measurement. Admittedly, after performing three decades of lameness work that relied primarily on subjective evaluation, I was skeptical as to the value of the Q....

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Acceptance & Resistance of Lameness Measurement – Seasoned Lameness Experts Sound Off

Visual Assessment of Lameness: Limitations and Pitfalls

An Inside Look At Objective Evaluation: All-Access Investigation of the Equinosis Q