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Lameness Evaluation

Diagnosing the cause and subsequent treatment of lameness is something we take pride in. Initially we will obtain a through history and perform a physical exam. Each joint will be palpated and range of motion determined. This will be followed by evaluation of associated tendons and soft tissue. Hoof assessment will be made based on conformation, trimming, and response to hoof testers.Next your horse will be evaluated at both the walk and trot. We will also ask to lunge your horse, in order to take advantage of the increased pressure placed on the inside legs. Flexion tests are often the next step of the process. By flexing a specific joint for a predetermined amount of time, we can exacerbate lameness.

At times it may be necessary to perform nerve blocks to aid in the diagnosis of lameness. In doing so, we are making an area of the leg or a joint numb. If we alleviate the source of pain, the lameness should improve.

Once the source of pain is identified, we will frequently pursue radiographs to further assess the problem. Radiographs will also provide us with a reference point should the problem progress or other problems arise.