Project Title: Advanced Farrier System

Brethren ArmamentTeam 1414 Members:
Lindsay Bahureksa, biomedical engineering
Lindsey Conklin, biomedical engineering
Matt Ellison, systems and industrial engineering
Jacob Landsiedel, optical sciences and engineering
Quinn McIntosh, mechanical engineering
Jovan Vance, electrical and computer engineering

Sponsor: Brethren Systems

1414_hoofWhen it comes to equine foot health, a one-size-fits-all approach does not work.

Team 1414 was amazed that methods for shoeing horses and keeping hooves healthy often rely heavily on nonempirical data — for example, observations of how a horse stands.

“Detecting foot maladies in horses and making sure the horses’ shoes fit correctly is still based largely on anecdotal evidence,” said team member and sponsor Quinn McIntosh of Brethren Systems.

The team’s affordable Advanced Farrier System, designed to detect potential ailments during the shoeing of horses — before the horse ever shows signs of disease or lameness — won both the Edmund Optics Perseverance and Recovery Award and the Sargent Aerospace & Defense Voltaire Design Award at Engineering Design Day 2015.

The Advanced Farrier System uses a film that reacts differently to varying amounts of pressure. When a horse steps on the film, differences in color represent pressure points on the hoof and indicate potential problems.

“We have developed a simple, low-cost, user-friendly system for horse owners, veterinarians, farriers and other horse care professionals,” McIntosh said.