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Lameness

  • Pain killing medications such as bute (equipalazone) or danilon should not be given in the last 4 days prior to the work up.
  • Where possible, no farriery should be performed on your horse’s feet in the week prior to the visit and shoes should not be removed. Any of the above mentioned could impair our ability to accurately diagnose the origin of a lameness.
  • Try to ensure that your horse is noticeably lame on the day of the visit as nerve / joint blocks cannot be performed on sound horses. Mildly lame horses may need to be worked daily for several days prior to the examination in order to be lame enough for a meaningful lameness evaluation to be performed It might also be helpful to bring your tack in order to see the horse move under saddle (especially in cases of mild hindlimb lameness, gait or performance problems)
  • Owners are welcome to stay during the work up if they wish, but due toi lameness investigations often being lengthy, it may be preferable to leave the horse at the clinic and collect later the same day or the following day. 

If you have a horse with a lameness or poor performance issues, please call the clinic to discuss the best approach to allow further investigations into these problems.

In some cases, the cause of lameness will be relatively easy to determine based on a physical examination. In other cases, a more prolonged and detailed examination will be required.

An in-depth lameness evaluation (including nerve and joint blocks) can be very time consuming and is often necessary to identify the origin of a horse’s lameness (especially chronic lameness). Your horse is likely to have to stay at the clinic for the entire day. The presence of the owner however may not be required for the entire day, so there is the opportunity to leave the horse with us to continue the investigations. Most horses will be able to go home in the evening, although in some cases the examination may need to be continued on another day.