Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Performance Horse Care / Lameness

The Virginia-Maryland 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 540-231-9043.
  • 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)
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Lameness exams

Steps 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
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Available treatments

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