As horse owners we have all dealt with lameness problems and understand how frustrating they can become. Horses are like any athlete, they perform and exercise and sometimes become sore. The first problem is that before we can even get started in trying to help them is that we must figure out what is bothering them.
The best lameness examinations start with obtaining an accurate history on the horse. This is followed by a complete physical examination looking closely at the horses conformation as well differences in body symmetry. Finally, the lameness examination, where your horse is walked and trotted and perhaps even ridden to try to decipher what is hurting. Flexion tests, nerve and joint blocks are performed. But what happens when that is not enough? The lameness does not block out? There is more than one limb involved? The horse was treated and still is not better? Where do we go from here?
How do we understand that the problem causing the lameness issue is treatable? Or is it something that will get worse with continued work? Is rest and Bute enough? Do we inject and with what? When can I ride again?
Sometimes there is not a simple answer to these questions. But the importance in trying to find the answer is indisputable. Join us on October 8, 2019 at 6:30p as Dr. Mike Ross talks about answering the lameness questions. Learn about how horse discipline affects the diagnosis. Learn about what options are out there for getting an answer. He will introduce our newest advanced imaging modality at Pine Bush Equine Services, Nuclear Scintigraphic Examination. Read more: http://www.pinebushequine.com/resources/2019/07/bone-scans/ A brief discussion of treatment modalities will also be presented. Please bring your questions.
This is a great opportunity to meet our veterinarians and staff. Light refreshments will be served.