Our team has had vast experience in the examination and assessment of lameness in horses. Full lameness exams either at the clinic, owners property or at the training facility. A lameness work up is usually a combination of the following steps:
- Taking a detailed history to determine how long the problem has been present and what factors may influence it .
- Evaluation of the horse standing, at a walk, trot and canter if necessary.
- Flexion tests are often a useful part of a lameness examination. These can sometimes temporarily exacerbate lameness and therefore help us to localise the source of pain.
- Perineural or intra-articular analgesia (nerve and joint blocks) involve injecting local anaesthetic either around nerves or directly into joints. By desensitising particular areas and evaluating the difference in lameness the pain can be localised further.
- Imaging of the region or regions suspected to be the source of pain is then usually performed to look for abnormalities in the bone or soft tissue structures.
- Once a diagnosis is made, we have several therapeutic treatments available that may be suitable for your horse