Most horses suffer from lameness at some point in their lives and the site of pain causing the lameness is not always easily apparent. An initial examination can be carried out to try to identify and sites of inflammation or sensitivity. Our vets deal with lame horses on a regular basis but we know if can be frustrating and upsetting if your horse is unsound. We have excellent facilities at our surgery for lameness investigation including plenty of room for turning and parking or horseboxes, a quiet environment for trotting-up and large arena for lungeing and riding.
NERVE BLOCKS, JOINT BLOCKS AND REGIONAL ANALGESIA
In order to localise a site of pain, nerve blocks and joint blocks can be used to desensitize certain areas. If the lameness improves afterwards, we know the site of pain has been included in the desensitized area. This procedure can be done at the horse's usual yard if suitable facilities are available but we prefer lame horses to attend our clinic where we have excellent facilities for lameness investigation.
One the area of pain has been found, imaging methods can be used to investigate the area. X-rays are used to look for injuries and abnormalities of bone and to assess joints for signs of degeneration or damage. We are equipped with a digital X-ray processor which allows us to view images on a computer screen within minutes of them being taken. Images can be manipulated using software to highlight abnormalities and images can be emailed to farriers or referral centres if required. Although we prefer horses to come to our clinic for X-rays whenever possible, our equipment can be taken out to use on yards if required.
TENDON AND LIGAMENT SCANNING
Imaging of soft tissues (such as tendons and ligaments) at the site of lameness can be carried out using ultrasound scanning. To obtain a clear image, hair must be clipped off and the skin prepared by cleaning and application of gel. We have three posrtable ultrasound machines suitable for different applications.
We stock and can order in many treatments for your horse - to treat joints, tendons and many other areas - ask us for details.
Lameness investigations carried out by experienced equine vets
Excellent facilities for lameness investigation at our clinic
Digital X-ray for clinic or mobile use
Portable ultrasound scanning equipment