Lameness

Some lame horses have simple problems to both diagnose and treat, however many lame horses have quite complex problems that involve special diagnostic and imaging techniques.

Quite often we have to isolate the site or cause of a lameness by selectively anaesthetising specific areas or joints (nerve or joint blocks). After the point of origin has been identified then X-rays, ultrasonography or other imaging techniques are used to best determine how to treat the problem. 

 The demands of identifying specific conditions in a wide range of breeds has lead us to develop a variety of techniques and conditions to examine lame horses.

We feel that it is important to involve expert farrier attention in many cases. Working with your farrier is integral to the team approach. 

One of the goals of veterinary attention is to return the horse to work as soon as safely possible after the problem has been corrected. Attention to proper therapeutic hoof balancing and where required specialist shoeing reduces this time.
  
State Of The Art Equipment:

Digital Radiography
has been a huge boost to our diagnostic process with increased efficiency in obtaining quality images. It involves using a plate with a lead attached. The lead sends information from the plate to a computer that sorts it all out so that images come onto the screen.

The equipment is very fast and clients and our veterinarians can see the images in a second or two after taking it. Usually the images are then sent to another computer for storage and viewing on high definition monitor.

We really like this equipment, which whilst the plate and lead are quite vulnerable we manage by tranquilising the patients before X raying them.