Journal article

Mechanical loading of the distal end of the third metacarpal bone in horses during walking and trotting

Jonathan S Merritt, Marcus G Pandy, Nicholas AT Brown, Colin R Burvill, Christopher E Kawcak, C Wayne McIlwraith, Helen MS Davies

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF VETERINARY RESEARCH | AMER VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2010

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the net mechanical load on the distal end of the third metacarpal bone in horses during walking and trotting. ANIMALS: 3 Quarter Horses and 1 Thoroughbred. PROCEDURES: Surface strains measured on the left third metacarpal bone of the Thorough-bred were used with a subject-specific model to calculate loading (axial compression, bending, and torsion) of the structure during walking and trotting. Forelimb kinematics and ground reaction forces measured in the 3 Quarter Horses were used with a musculoskeletal model of the distal portion of the forelimb to determine loading of the distal end of the third metacarpal bone. RESULTS: Both methods yielded consistent data regarding ..

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