10 Performance Horse Lameness Resources on TheHorse.com

Any athlete can end up with aches and pains from the rigors of training and performance, and horses are no exception. To help horse owners and veterinarians address soundness issues in sport horses, we’ve combed through our archives at TheHorse.com to find our top resources related to identifying, treating, and managing performance horse lameness.

ARTICLE: Ridden Lameness Exams in Performance Horses  A ridden lameness exam allows the veterinarian to watch the horse while doing its job and at other gaits besides the walk and trot, which can help veterinarians garner additional information about potential problems. READ MORE

SPONSORED CONTENT: Using Arthramid Vet for Performance Horse Lameness  This product is new to the U.S. market and now available for use by veterinarians managing osteoarthritis cases. READ MORE

ARTICLE: Horse Hind-Limb Enigmas  While forelimb lamenesses are fairly common, hind-limb issues can be less obvious and even underdiagnosed. Learn about the common causes of lameness in the hind end and how to diagnose and treat them. READ MORE

ARTICLE: The Most Common Western Performance Horse Lamenesses  The more data vets have on the injuries Western horses experience, the more they can do to try to rehabilitate or prevent them, one practitioner says. READ MORE

ARTICLE: Working Up Poor Performance in English Sport Horses  Determining why a horse isn’t performing up to expectations can be a time-consuming and tedious process. One veterinarian shares how she approaches these cases. READ MORE

ARTICLE: Diagnosing Performance Problems in Western Horses  Western performance horses do it all: pleasure riding, reining, cutting and roping, speed events, and more. So when a horse isn’t performing as he should, there are more than a few places practitioners can look. Here’s how vets hone in on a diagnosis. READ MORE

ARTICLE: Assessing Proximal Metatarsal Lameness in Sport Horses.  Injuries to the top of the rear cannon bone are some of the most difficult to diagnose. READ MORE

ARTICLE:  Using Flexion and Wedge Tests to Diagnose Foot Pain  Learn how equine practitioners can assess and pinpoint the source of foot pain using a methodical series of tests. READ MORE

ARTICLE: Polyacrylamide Hydrogel: An Alternative Osteoarthritis Treatment Option  Pilot study: 82% of unsound racehorses with osteoarthritis treated with 2.5% PAAG joint injections showed no signs of lameness six weeks after treatment. READ MORE

ARTICLE: What Does it Mean When a Horse’s Hock Is ‘Fused’?  Osteoarthritis in horses’ hocks can lead to joint fusion. For some affected horses, this might be a good thing. Find out why. READ MORE