A crucial step in a performance evaluation is the lameness exam. It is critical to isolate any areas of pain that may be affecting your horse. Multiple sources of pain may exist, but we must start with the most obvious and peel back the issues one layer at a time.
Evaluation on the longe line, evaluation under saddle, flexion tests, and nerve blocks will often be used to isolate the geographic location of the lameness. Once we are confident about the location of lameness, we will employ imaging modalities like digital x-ray and digital ultrasound (seen below) to isolate the structure/structures involved.
Once we have identified the lesion within the injured structures, we use the latest in regenerative treatments (including Shockwave, PRP, IRAP and Stem Cells) to facilitate healing.