Equine lameness examination
Lameness in horses is a common and often complex problem. The anatomy of a horse’s leg is a piece of art, involving interactions between bones, tendons, tendon sheaths, joints and ligaments. To identify and investigate lameness in horses a thorough lameness examination is performed. This involves a ‘trot up’ to identify the lame leg and thorough examination of the affected limb. Additional tests that may be required include flexion tests, diagnostic nerve blocks, ultrasound or x-rays. Some cases may require assessment of the horse on the lunge or even ridden.