Lameness Examination in the Horse

Garrett Metcalf, DVM

Lameness is one of the most common problems that occur in the horse and that owners will have to address. Many owners have experienced lameness and the examination process, but there are various ways to approach the lameness examination procedure. There also are new advanced diagnostic tools to help identify the limb or limbs that are causing the lameness and allow objective quantification of improvement when the region of the limb in question is isolated to the source of pain.

Basic Lameness Evaluation

Veterinarians commonly have to rely on the owner, trainer or the rider’s information and history about the horse to help narrow down the cause of the lameness.

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