Lameness Evaluation

Proper lameness evaluation is the key to getting a horse back on it's feet. Lameness can be very subtle, from a drop in performance, to very obvious, such as a non-weight bearing limb.  Lameness evaluations may include a physical examination, simple trot out, flexion testing, lunging, observation of the horse on different surfaces, or observation under saddle. Each examination is catered towards the individual animal for optimum results.

Once a lame limb has been identified further diagnostics are often warranted to localize the area for improved treatment. This may include:

  • Nerve blocks
  • Joint Blocks
  • Diagnostic Imaging (Digital Radiology and Ultrasound) 
  • Tick Borne Disease testing (Lyme and Anaplasmosis)
  • Hoof testing

Treatment of lameness can be varied and depend on the specific issue. Patience is the key to a full recovery. We will help with timelines and rehabilitation programs for many different conditions. Treatments may also include: 

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Joint Injections
  • Stretching and Massage
  • Farrier Consultation