All lameness exams begin with a discussion of the horse’s history and a physical exam. Most exams include an evaluation of the horse in motion, in hand or under saddle, and flexion tests. Digital radiography and ultrasound are often used to diagnose the cause of the lameness. Other diagnostic tools such as nerve and joint blocks can help to isolate the lameness to a particular area of the limb. Treatment of lameness may include joint injections, laser therapy, acupuncture or chiropractic.
Pre-purchase exams include a thorough physical examination, an eye exam, a musculoskeletal evaluation, and a soundness evaluation via flexion tests. In addition to our basic pre-purchase exams we encourage our clients to utilize our portable digital radiography and endoscopy for further evaluation.