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Lameness Evaluations

  • Evaluating the whole horse, not just the lame leg – often times this leads to a more definitive diagnosis, and sometimes reveals the cause of the presenting lameness
  • Hoof tester evaluation – helping to rule in or out whether the pain is in the foot or higher up in the leg
  • Flexion tests – flexions of various joints in the legs to help isolate the source of the pain and ensuing lameness
  • Nerve blocks – temporarily deadening areas on the foot and leg to help diagnosis the source of the lameness.  Once the area is temporarily deadened and the horse moves soundly, further diagnostics can help isolate the cause.
    • Radiography
    • Ultrasound
    • Bone scans
    • MRI
  • Some of these are done in the field, while others require referral to a hospital.

 

Lameness Treatments

  • Abscess drainage
  • Wound suturing
  • Intraarticular (within the joint) injections
  • Intralesional (within the affected area) injections
  • Rehabilitative regimes for injuries

Laminitis/Founder

  • Diagnostic work ups
    • Pain evaluation, including force plate analysis
    • Radiographs
    • Venograms
    • Hormonal and blood evaluations for diseases such as Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID or Cushing’s)




  • Rehabilitation
    • Corrective trimming and/or shoeing recommendations
    • Dietary recommendations
    • Exercise regimens
    • Medication recommendations if necessary
    • Hoof wall resections
 
  • Farrier consultation and referrals
    • We can recommend a qualified farrier to work with your horse
    • We will work with your farrier to provide the best rehabilitative care to your horse

  
 

   
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