Trainer: Dr. Evan Becker
Length: 13:43 Minutes
Dr. Evan Becker talks about what goes into a lameness exam. A lameness exam is a way to determine where your horse is experiencing pain. Sometimes lameness can be seen in one or multiple limbs.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has a beneficial lameness scale used by veterinarians to determine the grade of a horse’s lameness. Veterinarians will begin a lameness exam by watching the horse's gaits and (delete the vet) understanding the horse's history, including how long the lameness has been going on, breed, workload, age, has the owner medicated the horse, and has that helped, among other factors. Then, the veterinarian will watch the horse at a jog, use hoof testers, and perform palpations, flexion tests, or other diagnostic procedures.
Having a veterinarian perform a lameness exam is a helpful way to ensure your horse stays happy, healthy, and able to perform at a comfortable level. Watch to learn more about lameness exams.