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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.

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