A diagnosis is the most important part of any lameness exam. Our goal is to find out where and why a horse is sore or why performance has diminished. By correctly diagnosing the problem we can tailor the best treatment, therapy and rehabilitation program for your horse.
All examinations follow a specific and systematic approach which may include a physical exam, palpation, jogging, flexion tests and/or manipulation of the limbs, neck and back. Further tests include hoof-tester exam, observation of the horse being lunged, ridden and utilizing our computerized sensor gait analysis technology.
Suspected sites of lameness may then be confirmed by either joint or nerve “blocks”. Blocking involves local anesthesia injected around the nerve or directly into the joint which numbs the area of suspicion.
Many blocks are carried out under ultrasound guidance.
Many cases thought to be one problem, turn out to be something completely different, so if your horse is stopping, resistant, or not using himself properly, don’t hesitate to have him evaluated.