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Lameness Examination

Lameness examination is essential to diagnosing soundness issues.  Because veterinarians cannot ask their patients where it hurts, they are dependent upon visual cues from the horse as it moves.   A lameness evaluation includes a physical exam, palpation of the limbs and joints, evaluating range of motion, watching the horse travel in a straight line and on a lunge line, and response to flexion of the joints.  Further diagnostics include nerve blocks, joint blocks, radiographs, and ultrasound.