Lameness concerns are one of the main reasons why vets are called to look at a horse. Whether the lameness is obvious or subtle, our vets are equipped to examine, diagnose and treat multiple concerns. This often involves an initial physical examination, assessing each limb thoroughly, and identifying any obvious wounds or swelling present. The vet may then want to see the horse trotting, being lunged or ridden. Subsequent procedures including flexions, nerve blocks, x rays and ultrasound may then occur depending on the potential cause of the lameness.
Following multiple diagnostic methods, your vet will formulate an individual treatment plan for your horse. A more complex lameness may be referred to our equine hospital where our board certified surgeon will be able to investigate the lameness more thoroughly.
Multiple causes of poor performance exist which can be frustrating for you as an owner. Common causes include:
- Poor nutrition
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Respiratory disease
Our experienced vets are able to investigate the cause of the poor performance, and create an appropriate treatment plan to allow your horse to reach its full potential.