Biomechanical Analysis of Hippotherapy using 3-D Video Motion Capture

Authors: Grace Cassidy, Jack Lipold, Chandler Sizer, Dr. John DesJardins

Figure 1. Skeletal Model of Horse and Rider


Patients that suffer a stroke have the greatest opportunity for rehabilitation within a month of the incident. Aerobic exercise has been proven to help these patients improve their walking gait and mental rehabilitation. The scope of this research is to use equine assisted therapy in the rehabilitation process of post-stroke patients. This was accomplished by tracking the horse and rider movement with 3D motion capture, as well as monitoring patients progress over time. 

Materials and Methods

Figure 2. Rider Marker Placement

Figure 3. Horse Marker Placement

Figure 4. Camera set-up for motion capture

Figure 5. Qualisys camera