Large Animal Hospital
Equine Field Services :   (540) 231-9042
Food Animal Field Services :   (540) 231-9041
Large Animal Hospital :   (540) 231-4621 option 5
Hospital FAX : (540) 231-9354
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Performance Horse Care


The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine provides lameness evaluation for performance horses in our hospital and on the farm through our equine field service. If you have questions about our services, please contact us.

  • For in-hospital treatment, please call (540) 231-4621 and select option 5.
  • For on-farm treatment, please call (540) 231-9042.

Pre-purchase exams

Pre-purchase exams can be performed based on the intended use of the horse.

  • Full physical and history
  • Observe the horse in hand (walk, trot, canter)
  • Additional assessment as needed (lameness, reproductive)

Lameness exams

performance horse careSteps of a lameness exam:

  • Full physical and history
  • Observe the horse in hand (walk, trot, canter)
  • Flexion tests
  • Nerve blocks to identify the origin of the lameness
  • Joint blocks, if necessary, to identify the origin of the lameness
  • Digital radiology and/or ultrasound

Available treatments

performance horse care

  • Intra-articular injections
  • Advanced podiatry (link)
  • Shock wave therapy
  • Surgery
  • Stem cells
  • IRAP® (Interlukin-1 receptor antagonist protein)
  • PRP (platelet rich plasma)
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Mesotherapy
  • Conservative therapy