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Re: [RC] [Consider This] Gait Analysis - Endurance Net

On Mar 14, 2009, at 9:12 AM, Sisu West Ranch wrote:
"...a long journey over a relatively short span of time in the world of equine gait analysis. The first studies utilized high- speed cameras and a treadmill and took place at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences some 35 years ago..."

Not quite true. The first person (whose name escapes me, but it was sometime around 1870*) to figure out a way to take a series of photos and then show them one after another thus inventing "motion pictures", took photos of a galloping horse, thus showing the relative positions of the legs at the gallop. If you look at old drawings of galloping horses, you often find them in the "flying gallop" position with front legs straight out in front, and back legs straight out in back. These first "gait analysis" movies showed that this position does not happen.


*I know that a little research using Wikipedia or Google would produce the reference, but I am leaving that as an exercise for the reader.**

**I always suspected that my professors were just lazy when they did this to me.

1887: http://www.worldsfamousphotos.com/sequence-of-a-race-horse- galloping-1887.html

it was more to prove the photography tech than the horse gait though...

we've come a long way:



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