Learn to assess a horse for lameness in just two hours.

The LamenessTrainer is a free, interactive online game teaching equine lameness assessment. Thousands of people use it every year and it is now used for teaching in veterinary schools around the world. It even features in Adams and Stashak’s Lameness in Horses!

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Module 1

In this module you will learn to:

  • Detect forelimb lameness
  • Determine the lame limb
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Module 2

In this module you will learn to:

  • Detect simplified hind limb lameness based on vertical displacement asymmetry, without hip rotation
  • Determine the lame limb
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Module 3

In this module you will learn to:

  • Detect hind limb lameness based on realistic hip movement including hip rotation
  • Determine the lame limb based on vertical displacement asymmetry or comparative movement of the hips
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Module 4

This module lets you practice your new skills on hundreds of horses, containing the 2-year caseload of some lameness experts!

You will practice to:

  • Correctly evaluate different horses for lameness irrespective of their fur colour
  • Assign consistent lameness scores

Welcome to your training in equine lameness detection.

The LamenessTrainer is a free, interactive online resource that teaches anyone how to assess a horse for lameness. More than 5,000 people use it every year to brush up on their skills and it is now part of teaching strands in several veterinary schools around the world.

This game is based on decades worth of solid research into the biomechanics of equine lameness and teaching approaches rooted in perceptual learning. Give it a go – you will be amazed how quickly you are able to pick up even suble lameness!

The LamenessTrainer was created in 2014 by Sandra Starke, Gregory Miles and Stephen May from the Royal Veterinary College, UK, kindly funded by the Eranda Foundation at the time. Since then, we have kept this website going through countless hours of pro bono work while self-funding hosting.

In order to support this website and its future development, please do support us. All components that your funding will enable are shown in grey and will come live as we reach our funding goals. Every little helps!

Module 1

In this module you will learn to:

  • Detect forelimb lameness
  • Determine the lame limb
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Module 2

In this module you will learn to:

  • Detect simplified hind limb lameness based on vertical displacement asymmetry, without hip rotation
  • Determine the lame limb
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Module 3

In this module you will learn to:

  • Detect hind limb lameness based on realistic hip movement including hip rotation
  • Determine the lame limb based on vertical displacement asymmetry or comparative movement of the hips
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Module 4

This module lets you practice your new skills on hundreds of horses, containing the 2-year caseload of some lameness experts!

You will practice to:

  • Correctly evaluate different horses for lameness irrespective of their fur colour
  • Assign consistent lameness scores

Module 1

In this module you will learn to:

  • Detect forelimb lameness
  • Determine the lame limb
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Module 2

In this module you will learn to:

  • Detect simplified hind limb lameness based on vertical displacement asymmetry, without hip rotation
  • Determine the lame limb
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Module 3

In this module you will learn to:

  • Detect hind limb lameness based on realistic hip movement including hip rotation
  • Determine the lame limb based on vertical displacement asymmetry or comparative movement of the hips
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Module 4

This module lets you practice your new skills on hundreds of horses, containing the 2-year caseload of some lameness experts!

You will practice to:

  • Correctly evaluate different horses for lameness irrespective of their fur colour
  • Assign consistent lameness scores

Forelimb Lameness

This module teaches the evaluation of forelimb lameness. Forelimb lameness manifests in asymmetry in the vertical movement of the head. You need to detect this asymmetry to detect lameness. You then have to relate the pattern to limb movement to determine which limb is lame.

In this module you will learn to:

  • Detect forelimb lameness
  • Determine the lame limb
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Hindlimb Lameness

This module teaches the basic evaluation of hind limb lameness. Hind limb lameness manifests in asymmetry in the vertical movement of the pelvis. In this module, movement of the pelvis has been simplified to vertical translation, without the hip rotating.

You will learn to:

  • Detect hind limb lameness based on vertical displacement asymmetry
  • Determine the lame limb
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

In this module, hind limb lameness is more complex: movement of the pelvis is realistic, consisting of both translation and rotation. While being able to practice the first approach your learnt in Module 2 (the ‘mid-pelvis’ method), you will learn a second assessment approach (the ‘hips’ method).

You will learn to:

  • Detect hind limb lameness based on realistic hip movement
  • Determine the lame limb based on vertical displacement asymmetry or comparative movement of the hips
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Mixed lameness

This module lets you practice your new skills on 500 horses with different colours. You will examine horses for both, fore- and hind limb lameness and also give the horses lameness scores. This module contains the 2-year caseload of some lameness experts!

You will learn to:

  • Correctly evaluate different horses for lameness irrespective of their fur colour
  • Assign consistent lameness scores

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Forelimb Lameness

This module teaches the evaluation of forelimb lameness. Forelimb lameness manifests in asymmetry in the vertical movement of the head. You need to detect this asymmetry to detect lameness. You then have to relate the pattern to limb movement to determine which limb is lame.

In this module you will learn to:

  • Detect forelimb lameness
  • Determine the lame limb
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Hindlimb Lameness

This module teaches the basic evaluation of hind limb lameness. Hind limb lameness manifests in asymmetry in the vertical movement of the pelvis. In this module, movement of the pelvis has been simplified to vertical translation, without the hip rotating.

You will learn to:

  • Detect hind limb lameness based on vertical displacement asymmetry
  • Determine the lame limb
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

In this module, hind limb lameness is more complex: movement of the pelvis is realistic, consisting of both translation and rotation. While being able to practice the first approach your learnt in Module 2 (the ‘mid-pelvis’ method), you will learn a second assessment approach (the ‘hips’ method).

You will learn to:

  • Detect hind limb lameness based on realistic hip movement
  • Determine the lame limb based on vertical displacement asymmetry or comparative movement of the hips
  • Correctly differentiate between sound and mildly lame horses

Mixed lameness

This module lets you practice your new skills on 500f horses with different colours. You will examine horses for both, fore- and hind limb lameness and also give the horses lameness scores. This modeule contains the 2-year caseload of some lameness experts!

You will learn to:

  • Correctly evaluate different horses for lameness irrespective of their fur colour
  • Assign consistent lameness scores

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