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Game Structure Overview

Four modules to help you spot lameness

Module 1 - 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 start by evaluating pronounced lameness. Once you can reliably do this, the game automatically adapts and sends you to the next difficulty level, where the lameness degree gets smaller. If you then struggle, the game will bump you back a level.

You receive feedback on the correctness of your evaluation for each horse.

Module 2 - Simplified Hindlimb lamenes

This module teaches the basic evaluation of hind limb lameness. Hind limb lameness manifests in asymmetry in the vertical movement of the pelvis. You need to detect this asymmetry to detect lameness, and then relate the pattern to limb movement to determine which limb is lame. In this module, movement of the pelvis has been simplified to vertical translation, without the hip rotating.

Once you learn to successfully detect hind limb lameness in this simplified scenario, Module 3 will pick up from this skill. You will then learn to correctly evaluate hind limb lameness based on the complete, more complicated, hip movement pattern.

The principle for progression within this module is the same as that for Module 1.

You receive feedback on the correctness of your evaluation for each horse.

Module 3 - Simplified Hindlimb lamenes

This module teaches the full evaluation of hind limb lameness. In this module, movement of the pelvis is realistic, consisting of both translation AND rotation. Hind limb lameness normally manifests not only in asymmetry in the vertical movement of the mid-pelvis: additionally, you are able to see that the hip on the lame side moves with a greater upward amplitude compared to the other hip.

In this module you will learn this second assessment approach (the ‘hips’ method) while being able to practice the first approach your learnt in Module 2 (the ‘mid-pelvis’ method). In the real world, it is advisable to do both: sometimes lameness is more obvious when using the ‘mid-pelvis’ method, and sometimes when using the ‘hips’ method.

The principle for progression within this module is the same as that for Module 1.

You receive feedback on the correctness of your evaluation for each horse.

Module 4 - Mixed Evaluation Session

This module lets you practice your newly gained lameness assessment skills on a variety of horses with different colours. You will examine horses for both, fore- and hind limb lameness: if a horse trots away from you, you evaluate it for hind limb lameness. If a horse trots towards you, you evaluate it for forelimb lameness. In addition, you will also give the horses lameness scores (0 to 10 UK scale, 0 = sound, 10 = non-weightbearing lame).

You can examine up to 136 horses in this Module if you want – that is the 6-month caseload of some lameness experts, so this will get you off to a flying start once you start rotations in year 4!

You receive feedback on the correctness of your evaluation for each horse.