lameness_exam_1Lameness Examinations

Personal, first-hand evaluation of the horse is the cornerstone of Front Range Equine’s practice. Soundness and honesty are the essence of any horse. Soundness is also the most common medical problem.

From birth through retirement, whether caused by competitive injuries or accidents in the field, every horse is subject to becoming lame. When a horse shows signs of lameness, healing him begins with a lameness examination.

The lameness exam starts with a standing physical examination of various structures of the horse—which structures depend on the presenting concern. The second phase of the exam is conducted while the horse is in motion. Initially, the horse is lunged on soft and hard surfaces. If the horse’s lameness is better seen under saddle, the owner will tack up and ride the horse in the arena. Following this, Flexion tests are performed.

After the soundness evaluation is completed, a plan for further diagnostics or treatment is developed with the owner, trainer, primary veterinarian and, if appropriate, farrier involvement. This plan addresses the current problem and often outlines a program for preventive maintenance.



Have a situation you aren't sure if our doctors need to come out to see? We are happy to help.

Our veterinarians offer telemedicine appointments for lameness and rehabilitation consultations at a discounted price to help evaluate and advise you over the Internet about what to do with your lame or recovering horse! If it is deemed your horse needs to be seen by one of our veterinarians, then we can set up a follow-up appointment during the consultation.