Your horse going lame is one of the more frustrating things that can happen, especially if you have a weekend of riding planned with your friends or a competition you’re training for.
Horses can go lame for many reasons, and often getting to the bottom of it can be a time consuming and costly procedure.
Start with Expert Advice
If your horse has been lame for a few days, often times the diagnosis can be as simple as a hoof abscess or similar, and we can provide treatment and advice in a short period of time. If your horse has been lame or “not quite right” for an extended period, then the answer may take longer to present itself.
Here at TVP Equine we have the advantage of having veterinarians who have expertise and certification in:
- Equine rehabilitation
- Myofascial assessment
- Kinesiology taping
- Podiatry and
- Adjunctive pain control
What is an Equine Musculoskeletal Assessment?
An Equine Musculoskeletal Assessment can be thought of as an extended lameness examination.
What we do:
- We examine your horse at rest to assess muscling – posture – conformation and dentition. These things are very important in highlighting where our concern may be.
- We assess each joint from your horse’s jaw to his tail – looking for their range of motion (how well they move) and any pain or restriction that may be present.
- We assess the muscles and fascia involving these joints looking for pain – spasm – atrophy (loss of muscle) or other abnormalities that may affect the way your horse performs or feels.
- We assess how your horse moves – either on a lunge or under saddle. Your horses gait and even their behaviour when being ridden can help us determine what may be going on. We can even assess your saddle and tack to see if maybe these are contributing to your problems.
Further diagnostics may be required – these include nerve blocks to try and localise a lameness – X-Rays – Thermal imaging or even Ultrasound.
At this point we may have been working on your horse for close on an hour.
The Next Step
Lameness and poor performance is complicated. Sometimes the primary problem may be in your horses’ hind leg, but this can cause pain and problems in your horses’ spine also. We may discuss further work that needs to be done in relation to his hind leg – this may for example be x-rays. However, we can do things during our initial visit to help the pain in his spine.
Our trained veterinarians can perform joint mobilisations on your horses’ spine (or other joints) to free them from pain and spasm. Joint mobilisations are similar to chiropractic treatments however they involve less intensity.
We can also do kinesiology taping, such as RockTape. RockTape helps to reduce swelling, alleviate pain and spasm and facilitate normal movement within muscles or joints. This can be done in conjunction with some light massage and even myofascial release.
Want to Keep Your Horse at Peak Performance?
Give us a call on (03) 9716 2495 to arrange a visit (Weekdays) or email the TVPEquine Team at: [email protected]