Lameness

Lameness is one of the most common conditions we see in a horse. Your horse may be admitted for a lameness investigation or 'work up' in order to accurately diagnose the cause.

It can be a time consuming procedure, most horses stay as a day patient but this may extend to two or three days.

Equipment and Facilities

Clinical examination areas

Trotting up area

Lunging area

Digital radiography

Digital ultrasonography

Arthroscopy

 

Investigations involve examinations at both walk and trot - if appropriate the horse will be lunged.

Nerve blocks are carried out to localise the site of pain - this involves the injection of local anaesthetic around the nerves or into joints themselves.

Once the affected area is determined, a combination of digital radiography (x-rays) and digital ultrasonography are used to achieve a diagnosis.

Occasionally your horse may be referred to another centre for gamma scintigraphy (bone scan) or MRI scan.

If remedial farriery is required it can be carried out at the clinic by your own or a visiting farrier.

Sometimes, prior to a lameness investigation, mildy lame horses may have to be worked for several days in order to have a horse which is lame enough to perform a meaningful investigation.