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When Subjective Opinion Disagrees with Inertial Sensor Measurements

When Subjective Opinion Disagrees with Inertial Sensor Measurements

By Kevin Keegan Kevin G. Keegan, DVM, MS, DACVS | Updated on | Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Editorial, KG Keegan, Objective vs. Subjective Opinion, OES Members Only

Whenever I use the Equinosis Q, which is on every lameness case, treatment checkup, or pre-purchase, I also always do a subjective lameness evaluation, determining and often times declaring my subjective impression regarding where (i.e. which limb or limbs) I think the lameness is. Sometimes there is disagreement between my subjective opinion and the results of the inertial sensors. What is my take on this? The short and easy answer is, "I was probably wrong". This happens occasionally and it no longer bothers me or my clients, or the students or house officers I am training. I am...

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Man with Machine Versus Man Without Machine: Debunking the Myths

Man with Machine Versus Man Without Machine: Debunking the Myths

By Kevin Keegan Kevin G. Keegan, DVM, MS, DACVS | Updated on | Editorial, KG Keegan, Objective vs. Subjective Opinion, OES Members Only

The Debate: A debate continues to fester around the topic of comparing subjective to objective evaluation of lameness.  The problem is, in its current form, the debate is not a genuine examination of the appropriate question – what is the most transparent and, therefore, best information that can be provided to horse owners? Instead the debate has been oddly twisted to pit man VERSUS machine – as if every new machine replaces the man, instead of complimenting his or her abilities, like the microscope, or telescope, or the wheel! Unfortunately, this debate further devolves into mischaracterizations and falsehoods,...

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When Subjective Opinion Disagrees with Inertial Sensor Measurements

Man with Machine Versus Man Without Machine: Debunking the Myths

Redefine Lameness? Accommodating the Layman’s Perspective on Lameness

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