Lameness investigations

Lameness is a common condition that we see and our vets are experienced at investigating the cause – be it in a family pony or a competition horse. Investigation starts with examination of the horse at rest and then assessment of its gait in hand, on the lunge and occasionally ridden. This can be done at your premises if facilities are suitable, or the horse can be brought into our practice. In order to determine the location of the problem in the affected limb, areas of the leg are sequentially desensitised (nerve blocks/joints blocks) until the horse’s gait has a significant improvement. On other occasions, the problem is discovered not to be in the limb but in the horse’s neck, back or pelvis. Once the location has been determined, further investigation can be carried out with our modern mobile digital x-ray and ultrasonography units. Occasionally a diagnosis is still not yielded and we may have to refer your horse to a specialist hospital for further diagnostic imaging (MRI, Scintigraphy, CT scan). Often, we are then able to choose the appropriate treatment to resolve your horse’s lameness or poor performance.

Our Equipment and Services

  • Digital Radiography

    The latest version of digital portable radiography enables us to image and diagnose conditions in limbs, neck, back and head. Images can be taken at your own yard or at our premises, they are instantly available.

  • Ultrasound Imaging

    Our portable high quality ultrasound machines enable us to obtain diagnostic images of injuries in limbs and additionally investigate neck, back and joint problems.

  • Acupuncture

    Our vets have recently trained in western veterinary acupuncture and are able to offer acupuncture sessions for your horses; this can be used to treat a number of diagnosed conditions, including muscular spasm (especially neck and back pain), chronic arthritis and temporomandibular joint and poll pain which can all cause schooling issues and discomfort for your horse.

  • Equinosis

    Equinosis is a technology based on physics, biomechanics and computer algorithms that quantify limb unloading. Asymmetry as small as 3mm can indicate a subtle lameness; this is smaller than the average human eye can reliably see. Equinosis lameness locator is accurate to less than 1mm at 100 meters. It’s quick and non invasive; it allows early detection that is key for best outcome. Time from examination to treatment is significantly reduced. It is especially useful for mild and/or multiple limb lameness; rehab, baseline gait assessment and evaluation of effectiveness of treatment.

  • ECSWT (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy)

    ECSWT has proved a significant aid on soft tissue injury recovery; along side treatment and rehab programs, shockwave sessions stimulate the healing process and thanks to this slim probe we are able to focus the beam where is needed and adjust it to make sure the targeted area is covered. It is a non invasive procedure and most horses tolerate it well, however on occasions a light sedation is required.