Quality of gaits in the FM horse population

Novel approaches to measure the quality of gaits in the Franches-Montagnes(FM) horse population

A fully equipped FM stallion trots on the instrumental treadmill. The elastic bands attached to the hoof allow to position the hooves on the treadmill to calculate ground reaction forces.
© Ernst A. Kehrli

Quality of gaits is an important indicator trait in horse breeding to estimate future performance. An international research project aims to precisely measure the quality of the gaits in the only remaining indigenous Swiss breed in order to identify underlying genetic trends.