Mr P’s most recent gait analysis has been his best so far!
While his loading phase on the right front was really good (only a 6mm difference), he was not pushing off as well on the right forelimb (14mm difference) when we tested him last month (graph on the left).
**The research has shown a difference of 5mm in the forelimbs and 8mm in the hindlimbs is considered to be clinically significant.
This month his loading phase was 8mm less on the right compared to the left (we’re still pretty happy with that), with his propulsion phase showing only a difference of 3mm less on the right, a significant improvement from last month and what would be considered to be within “normal” limits. We’re particularly happy with this improvement as we’ve focused on improving this with specific exercises over the past few weeks.
His hindlimbs were looking really good last month (anything within 8mm is considered normal in the hindlimbs), and have gotten even better this month. You can’t get much more symmetrical than those numbers on the right! This has coincided with a visual improvement in the muscle bulk of his hindquarters.
While there is still a very slight right forelimb asymmetry, we see numbers like this (and occasionally worse!) in horses that are in full work and that are considered sound by their owners and vets. These results give us confidence to continue to progress on with his rehab program and start to increase the load on the tendon.
Stay tuned to see what we’re doing next....