Biomechanics of the Equine Hind Limb and Pelvis with Regard to Development of Lameness

Biomechanics of the Hind LimbNadine Blum, DVM

Musculoskeletal pathologies and lameness are a common problem in equine athletes. Although equine practitioners are well educated in diagnostic investigation to figure out causes of lameness, little is known about the predisposing biomechanical features of the involved anatomical structures before lameness occurs. Biomechanical dysfunction leading to aberrant gait or mechanical restriction in movement can evolve into clinical lameness. In-depth knowledge regarding the functional anatomy and segmental biomechanics is crucial to identify biomechanical stress or dysfunction and prevent lameness in the equine athlete. This essay aims to provide insight of the functional anatomy and biomechanical properties of the hind limb and pelvis with regard to lameness.

This two-part course consists of one proceedings paper and the accompanying 2019 AAEP Convention presentation. The video has been split into six parts for ease of download and viewing; as one video part concludes, the next will unlock.

You must view all sections of the course before the quiz will unlock.

Course objectives:

With the successful completion of this course, you will understand

  • knowledge of biomechanics is crucial to maintaining soundness in the equine athlete
  • functional anatomy
  • segmental biomechanics
  • occurrence and site of forces
  • recognition of biomechanical dysfunction

Continuing education credit:

  • 1 credit hour Medical, Non-interactive/Anytime, with a passing score of at least 70%

Approximate duration:

  • 1 hour: read the paper, view the presentation, complete quiz


  • Read the paper, approximately 6,000 words
  • Watch the presentation, 46 minutes
  • Complete quiz
Biomechanics of the Equine Hind Limb and Pelvis with Regard to Development of Lameness00:47:37
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View presentation, part 2 00:10:00
View presentation, part 3 00:09:30
View presentation, part 4 00:02:20
View presentation, part 5 00:06:50
View presentation, part 6 00:10:37
Read the paper from the 2019 AAEP Convention Proceedings
Pass the quiz to earn CE credit
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