Equine Lameness Evaluation

Michael J. Suit, DVM, LLC is a licensed, experienced Loveland equine veterinarian. Dr. Suit's goal is to give each and every patient the care and attention necessary to live a long, happy life. Lameness in horses is often times missed by layman. Learning about the signs of equine pain is imperative to your horse's performance and comfort. Some injuries may not be apparent and can lead to lameness, so treatment is important. If you are looking to purchase a horse and need a lameness evaluation, Dr. Suit can perform that for you as well.

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The Evaluation

Lameness is usually considered any change or peculiarity in a horse's gait. However, an equine who is showing a change in attitude or performance most likely has an issue of some sort. An injury, if left untreated, can become a more serious situation so it is vital to determine the cause of any pain.

Obviously, in a situation where you are looking for equine lameness evaluation to make a decision about a purchase, Dr. Suit will want to:

  • Observe the animal is on both hard and soft surfaces - this can affect the horse's gait
  • Watch the animal while he/she is under saddle
  • Observe the horse walking and trotting 
  • He will want to know what the purpose is for this horse. For example, if you are looking a race horse, Dr. Suit can evaluate if the animal you are looking at purchasing is race horse material. He will look for information that tells him the likelihood of the animal being able to withstand the training, whether he/she has the stamina for such a job. 

If you suspect a horse you own is lame, Dr. Suit can do the following to determine your horse's particular problem:

  • Take a complete medical history
  • Review past performances
  • Evaluate any  known medical conditions
  • Evaluate the animal’s conformation and movement
  • Further tests can be done as well. Sonograms, x-rays, and other diagnostic testing.

Purchasing or owning a horse can be a big undertaking. Although Dr. Suit cannot guarantee a horse will be a good candidate for the tasks which you want it to do, he can make recommendations. He will assess any risks or concerns, present the facts, and advise you so that you can make a wise, informed decision. Suit Vet wants to be your vet of choice. Call us today to schedule an appointment: 970-368-9105.

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