Understanding Flexion Tests

A veterinarian evaluates a horse’s soundness using flexion tests.
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Veterinarians can use flexion tests to identify regions that might be causing horses pain. Dean Hendrickson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, recommends first jogging a horse in-hand to get a soundness baseline before performing flexions. He then demonstrates typical flexions and discusses the uses and limitations of each.

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