Equine Services

Lameness investigations

Lameness is one of the most common problems in equine practice. Our vets can tailor the extent and depth of any lameness examination to your requirements. We will use a combination of techniques to investigate lameness, which may involve nerve and joint blocks to localise the cause of the lameness. Our mobile digital x-ray and ultrasound equipment are available to provide immediate and high-quality imaging. Lameness investigations can be performed at your yard, or at a location to suit you. We employ a range of treatment options depending on the diagnosis from joint injections to rehabilitation programmes to working with referral surgeons and physio’s.

Pre-purchase examinations

We are available to perform thorough 2 and 5-stage vetting for our clients and non-clients. Buying a new horse is an emotional and logistical minefield and our job is to reduce the risk associated with your purchase. We will advise you practically on any problems that might be present and how that might affect suitability for the intended use. Unfortunately, we cannot vet horses which we have seen before as a practice or belong to our clients due to potential conflicts of interest. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements. We are happy to perform pre-purchase radiography, ultrasound and endoscopy as required and at the same time.

Poor performance investigations

Your horse does not need to be competing internationally in order for you to feel that he/she is not performing as well as they ought to be. This can be a very difficult area to investigate. Common examples of underlying issues that can cause poor performance include mild lameness, liver disease, stomach ulcers, dental problem, respiratory problems, kissing spines, sacro-iliac pain and muscle soreness. All these issues can be investigated at your yard and will be done in the most cost effective way possible.

Endoscopy

We have mobile endoscopy equipment allowing investigation of problems at your yard. We routinely perform tracheal washes, broncho-alveolar lavages, guttural pouch lavage and more.

Colt castrations

We can perform colt castration standing up or asleep. Please ring us to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and which might be the best method for your colt.

Dentistry

Equine dentistry is an area of horse care which has evolved significantly over the last decade. As a practice, we believe that we can only do the best job in a sedated horse. Even if a horse is well-behaved, the use of dental mirrors and probes (which are vital for thorough examination) is not effective in an un-sedated horse. We now realised the importance and prevalence of conditions such as dental caries (cavities) and diastema (gaps between teeth) with food packing and gum disease. A check of the mouth and feel with fingers is possible in most horses without sedation, but will not pick up on some of these more subtle conditions. We have all the equipment necessary to perform thorough equine dental care, including rasping, diastema treatments and widening, wolf teeth removal, extractions and more. We are happy to perform dentistry ourselves or work with BEVA/BAEDT registered equine dentists. We reduce the cost of sedation when it is combined with a dental to encourage its use and are happy to discuss discounts for multiple horses on the same yard. You can find out more on our Equipment page.

Emergencies

We provide 24-hour emergency care 365 days a year. Please call 01548 830210 if you require this service.

Additional services include:

  • Vaccinations and health checks
  • Passports and microchipping

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