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There are a number of causes of lameness and poor performance, some of which can be diagnosed relatively easily and some of which cannot; in more complicated cases, detailed clinical evaluations will be required, including the use of advanced diagnostic imaging. These cases are best examined at the clinic and will be seen by one of our specialist equine vets.
For horses that come to the clinic for lameness evaluation they will undergo a detailed clinical examination in one of our safe and spacious examination rooms. In addition to a large non-slip trot up area to allow assessment in hand, we also have hard and soft lunge areas as well as a large indoor ménage for ridden assessments. We have experienced nurses who facilitate nerve and joint blocking so that this can be as stress-free for horses and owners alike. Our clinic is equipped with a range of diagnostic imaging tools including digital ultrasonography, radiography, nuclear scintigraphy and MRI.
We will work closely with your own vet if the horse has been referred and with your farrier, physiotherapist, osteopath and trainer to ensure a thorough team approach. In the event that you require us to supply some auxillary treatments then we have our own farrier and physiotharpist on site so that we can help maximize your horse’s chance to make a full recovery.
It should be mentioned that whilst many detailed lameness investigations are better carried out at the clinic there are those cases where the horse cannot be brought into the clinic. Our ambulatory vets are equipped with the knowledge, experience and skills in addition to portable radiography and ultrasonography to carry out a detailed investigation at your yard.
Some things to consider before you bring your horse in for a lameness examination:
If you have any questions or if you want to discuss a particular lameness with one of our vets then please call the practice on 01642 723132.