Here at Coastal Veterinary Medicine, we are proud to offer equine lameness examinations. If your horse is lame for any reason, our entire team is dedicated to finding out the reason and helping your horse get back to normal.
With a lameness examination, we first study the legs for swelling, abnormal hoof wear, or anything else out of the ordinary. We palpate all of the joints, tendons, and ligaments to try to feel for anything abnormal that may be making your horse lame.
After the examination, we will watch your horse walk and jog (if possible). We use a hoof tester to see if the hoof is tender. We may also do a flex test to try to determine where the lameness is.
Diagnostic blocks are used to find out exactly where the problem is. We block the nerves and joints before checking for lameness. This allows us to figure out what is really bothering your horse.
Once we have a localized area, we usually recommend imaging. X-rays will give us a look at the inner workings of your horse’s leg. We may also recommend an ultrasound to give us a really detailed look at the leg.
Once we are able to figure out what is bothering your horse, we will do everything we can to help him or her get better.
If your horse is lame and needs an examination, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (949) 290-0881.