OBEL LAMENESS GRADES
A system of rating degrees of lameness resulting from laminitis developed by Niles Obel circa 1948. Obel Grade I features frequent shifting of weight between the feet, no discernible lameness at the walk, and bilateral lameness at the trot. Obel Grade II horses do not resist having a foreleg lifted, nor are they reluctant to walk, but they do show lameness at the walk. Obel Grade III horses do resist having a foreleg lifted, and are reluctant to walk. Obel Grade IV horses will walk only if forced.