Keep your veterinarian up to date
Regular soundness examinations are crucial to maintaining your horse’s joint health. If you suspect an issue in your horse, ask your veterinarian to complete a lameness evaluation. Come prepared to answer these questions, which your veterinarian will likely ask to help determine the source and solution for your horse’s lameness:
1 How long has your horse been lame?
2 Has your horse been rested or exercised?
3 Has the lameness worsened, stayed the same or improved?
4 Do you know what caused the lameness? (accident, fall, collision, etc.)
5 Once warmed up, does the lameness go away?
6 Is the lameness more obvious under saddle?
7 Is the lameness more obvious while being lunged?
8 Is your horse more lame on hard surfaces or on soft surfaces?
9 Has your horse received any treatment for lameness (include any periods of rest)? If so, was it helpful?
10 Is there anything else you would like your veterinarian to know about?