We are a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) approved equine hospital.
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 be admitted initially for the day on an out-patient basis, but more prolonged investigations may be required, in which case your horse may be admitted for several days.
The presence of the owner may not be required for the entire time, so there is the opportunity to leave the horse with us to continue the investigations.
Horses referred to BEVC by a veterinary surgeon and second opinion cases will be subjected to a detailed examination of the entire musculoskeletal system. The physical examination will be followed by an in-depth orthopaedic evaluation including walking, trotting, lunging on soft and hard surfaces and ridden exercise as appropriate.
We also have the availability of an objective gait analysis system, which measures the horse’s symmetry when moving at trot. Sensors are placed on the head-collar, withers, back and pelvis of your horse and measurements are be taken during the normal orthopaedic evaluation. Use of the gait analysis system can be performed at any orthopaedic evaluation and if deemed to be useful, will be offered to you and your horse.