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Lameness in horses is among the top reasons for seeking equine veterinary care. This common clinical sign is often related to pain and negatively affects the horse's welfare. Early detection is critical for successful treatment. However, mild lameness is challenging to detect. To help solve this problem, researchers will evaluate using smartphone video to help hoof care providers, owners and veterinarians collectively measure gait changes in horses after trimming or shoeing and the related changes to hoof shape. The team will use this new information to generate an extensive database of gait parameters to help identify early indicators of lameness that they hope will improve the care and welfare of horses.    

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University of Calgary, Canada
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United States
Thilo Pfau, PhD