Lameness is the most frequent cause of reduced performance in almost every type of horse. It is a pre – requisite for successful treatment that a precise diagnosis is achieved.
We are well equipped for lameness investigations in all types of horses both in terms of expertise and facilities. A lameness investigation will usually begin with a full orthopaedic examination and gait analysis at walk and trot.
We have a purpose built lameness investigation area with a straight trot up runway and hard and soft circles. The hard circle is useful for revealing low grade lameness while the soft circle is large enough to allow ridden exercise and canter work for more in depth gait analysis. Unless the cause of the lameness is apparent following examination nerve or joint blocks will often be employed to localise the source of the lameness.
After this diagnostic imaging including radiography (x-rays), and/or ultrasound may be utilised to achieve a specific diagnosis.
We have an accredited visiting farrier, Russel Williams, whom advises and fits remedial shoes as requested by the veterinary surgeon in charge of each case. To read more about Russel Williams click below
Before farrier – horse caught near side bulb on tin. After Farrier – corrective trimming.