fbpx Equine Lameness Evaluation | Your Local Equine Vet Clinic
Evaluating Lameness at our equine vet clinic
Equine Vet Clinic Icon

Lameness

Lameness in horses is a frequent cause of poor performance and investigating a horse's lameness forms a major part of the work at VetSouth Equine. Although initial assessments and simple lameness such as hoof abscesses can often be diagnosed and treated at the stable or at home, more complicated lameness cases are best to be brought into the clinic.

Lameness examination involves walking and trotting in a straight line and lunging on a circle on both a hard and soft surface and flexion tests. We are also able to observe horses being exercised under saddle or in the cart. Nerve blocks and joint blocks are routinely carried out (where appropriate). Following isolation of the affected region, diagnostic imaging (x-rays or ultrasound) is used to help identify the cause of the lameness.

THE BENEFITS

Why VetSouth is a great choice

We're locals


We’ve been in the lower South Island for decades. It’s where we’re from and where we raise our families.

Read more about us

Wide network


We’re plugged into the Veterinary world and our team can call on expertise from all over the world, then deliver it locally.

View the research

Handy clinics


We’re close to you for consults, supplements, supplies...whatever you need. Pop on in or organise a delivery.

Innovation & research

A never ending quest for improvement and advancement

Researching animal welfare and pathology is a passion we share, with our work being used by industry bodies such as Dairy NZ, the Sustainable Farming Fund and Beef & Lamb.

find out more
FURTHER READING

Latest news

Rainbow sheep
Article
When to Faecal Egg Count (FEC)?
15 Feb 2021

A FEC is a quick, relatively cheap, in-house test you can invest in for peace of mind, to ensure that you still have drenches that you...

Read more
Working dog huntaway face
Article
Itchy Dog?
15 Feb 2021

Notice your dog itching and scratching more than normal? Fleas, allergies and infections are the most common causes. Itching is a...

Read more
Flock of lambs
Article
Getting Optimum Protection
15 Feb 2021

Are your lambs fully, partially or not protected against clostridial disease? Every year we hear of lamb losses due to pulpy kidney....

Read more