How To Recognize Lameness in Horses

Identifying lameness early is key to preventing long-term damage.
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Dean Hendrickson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, explains how to identify lameness. He says horses that are unwilling, bolting, or have reduced performance might be exhibiting signs of lameness, and early evaluation will help you devise an effective treatment plan. Hendrickson reviews his basic lameness exam and what he looks for in potentially unsound horses.


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