Progressive Equine Services 'Equine Maintenance Programme' is another way we are helping owners maintain their horses short and long term soundness and performance.
We believe the industry needs to make a critical shift in their thinking when it comes to maintaining the soundness and performance of their horses. Currently we do very little in the way of preventative assessments, with most assessments or evaluations only happening after there is a notable change to either the performance and/or soundness of their horse.
Progressive Equine believes that early detection leads to early correction. We believe that objective, data based evaluations conducted routinely at regular intervals is the best way to prevent repetitive overload and wear and tear injuries in performance horses.
Our Soundness and Performance program includes the use of some of the latest technologies available to the industry to give accurate, objective and quanitified data on the soundness of your horse through each 12 month period. By using reliable and repeatable assessments routinely, throughout each 12 month period, we can better monitor the consistency of your horses soundness, symmetry, foot balance and alignment.
Initially, for baseline purposes, we complete a HoofScan assessment (x'rays of the feet, which are used for assessment of foot balance and alignment), a Biomex assessment, which includes both our Quintic 2D gait analysis assessment (high speed video 300fps to assess limb flexions, hyperextensions and stride patterns) and our EquiGait IMU system (inertia sensors to measure gait symmery) and a dynamic and static limb conformation assessment. All of this data is formulated into a detailed report, which is sent to the client and kept on file with Progressive Equine for comparison throughout the year.
We then offer the client 4 EquiGait assessments over the next 12mth period, either 3monthly or at any time they feel it is required, and the data from the EquiGait assessments are compared to the initial baseline assessments. If we get a variation in the results, we can recommend further assessment to determine the reason for the change in result. If the results are consistent to the baseline assessments, it gives peace of mind that all is well and you can push on confidently in your training and competing.
One of the things experience has shown us is that most horses are quite stoic animals and have a reluctane to show subtle lameness. This makes it sometimes difficult to pick up. It could be as simple as a horse creating more tension in one rain, not bending to one way and/or not wanting to pick up a canteer lead etc. Unfortunately, the difficulty in determining this as a behavioural issue or discomfort can be difficult. We regularly see whips, spurs and more hand and more leg used on horses that seem to be struggling with pain related assymmetries.
Unfortunately the negative to pushing these horses through the pain barrier to some degree is that the issue can manifest into a higher grade of unsouness, or even create ovissues with the opposing or diagonal limb.
Being able to quickly and easily determine if your horse has a pain related asymmetry allows for early management of the concern and/or peace of mind if teh results of the assessment show not vai=riance to the original baseling mnmbrs.
Biomex Assessment using both Quintic and