Lameness Examinations

First stop for a lameness exam

Much as we would like our horses to always be sound, lameness can occur. While many horses remain sound throughout a long career, some horses are basically 1,000-pound creatures looking to self-destruct. In the latter case, Dr. Hoyns can work on diagnosing and treating your horse, returning him to soundness.

Observation and palpation are the first steps in identifying a lameness. Watching the horse move in hand, on the lunge line, under saddle and after flexion tests can all help identify the cause of lameness. Hoof testers are often used, since the majority of lameness in horses occurs in the foot. In some cases, nerve blocks may be required to determine the area involved. Digital Radiography or ultrasound may also be used.

Treatment may involve the opening of an abscess, bandaging, rest and rehabilitation, use of anti-inflammatories; topical, intra-venous, intra-articular or intra-muscular medications, Acupuncture or Chiropractic treatments.

At our new clinic, we can work inside in comfort and use our all-weather surface for trotting and lunging. Having all diagnostic tools at hand, including digital radiography and ultrasound, can lead to a more rapid diagnosis.