Honors College Senior Thesis Presentations

Title

Equine Kinesiology Tape Application to Equine Hock Joints: Impact on Lameness and Movement Evaluation

Presenter Information

Kiara JonesFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Pre-Vet

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Shea Porr PHD

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Discomfort in the hocks of horses can cause lameness, resulting in poor performance. Diagnosis by veterinarians typically includes evaluating movement or use of ultrasound or radiography to evaluate tendons, ligaments, or bones. Treatment methods and times vary depending on diagnosis, but often include joint injections, medications, and stall rest. Treatments can be costly both financially and with regard to time off from practice or competition. Alternative practices such as using equine kinesiology tape to support joints may improve comfort and movement for lower cost.

The objective of this project was to evaluate the ease of use and effects of equine kinesiology tape application on hock joints in horses. It was hypothesized that treated horses would show fewer signs of pain as evaluated by a veterinarian, and more normal hock joint movement as assessed through biomechanical evaluation of videotaped movement.

Ten riding horses owned by Murray State University and previously diagnosed with hock-related lameness were divided into control (CON, n=5) and treatment groups (TRT, n=5). Horses were evaluated by a licensed veterinarian using flexion testing and a lameness locator (Equinosis Q, Columbia, MO, USA), which uses inertial sensing technology to detect alterations in movement. Flexion testing was performed before taping (PRE, n=10), immediately after taping (IMPost, TRT only, n=5), and 4 weeks post taping (LTPost, n=10). The lameness locator was used to collect movement data on horses at PRE (n=10) and LTPost (n=9). All horses were videotaped at the trot PRE and LTPost. Recordings were analyzed using Dartfish 360 (Alpharetta, GA, USA) to measure biomechanical movement of the hock joint via stride length. Kinesiology tape was re-applied weekly for 4 weeks.

Results from this study could support the use of equine kinesiology tape for horses with lameness associated with the hock joint as an alternative to more expensive treatments.

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Equine Kinesiology Tape Application to Equine Hock Joints: Impact on Lameness and Movement Evaluation

Discomfort in the hocks of horses can cause lameness, resulting in poor performance. Diagnosis by veterinarians typically includes evaluating movement or use of ultrasound or radiography to evaluate tendons, ligaments, or bones. Treatment methods and times vary depending on diagnosis, but often include joint injections, medications, and stall rest. Treatments can be costly both financially and with regard to time off from practice or competition. Alternative practices such as using equine kinesiology tape to support joints may improve comfort and movement for lower cost.

The objective of this project was to evaluate the ease of use and effects of equine kinesiology tape application on hock joints in horses. It was hypothesized that treated horses would show fewer signs of pain as evaluated by a veterinarian, and more normal hock joint movement as assessed through biomechanical evaluation of videotaped movement.

Ten riding horses owned by Murray State University and previously diagnosed with hock-related lameness were divided into control (CON, n=5) and treatment groups (TRT, n=5). Horses were evaluated by a licensed veterinarian using flexion testing and a lameness locator (Equinosis Q, Columbia, MO, USA), which uses inertial sensing technology to detect alterations in movement. Flexion testing was performed before taping (PRE, n=10), immediately after taping (IMPost, TRT only, n=5), and 4 weeks post taping (LTPost, n=10). The lameness locator was used to collect movement data on horses at PRE (n=10) and LTPost (n=9). All horses were videotaped at the trot PRE and LTPost. Recordings were analyzed using Dartfish 360 (Alpharetta, GA, USA) to measure biomechanical movement of the hock joint via stride length. Kinesiology tape was re-applied weekly for 4 weeks.

Results from this study could support the use of equine kinesiology tape for horses with lameness associated with the hock joint as an alternative to more expensive treatments.