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spotting lameness

Spotting Lameness

Lameness in horses is very common and can be caused by something simple such as a bruise to the horse's hoof or something more severe including tendon problems or fractures. In 2015 it was a symptom in over 40% of claims we received and that's why it's important that owners can spot when their horse is lame.

Symptoms of Lameness

Your vet will examine your horse's legs and ask you to "trot your horse up" so that they can watch your horse's gait and determine the severity of lameness.

During a trot up, a lame horse may:

  • Have uneven footfalls
  • Nod its head
  • Be unusually reluctant to move forward
  • Have a reduced weight bearing ability

The vet will also examine your horse's legs looking for:

  • Heat
  • Swelling
  • Areas that are sensitive to touch
  • Abnormalities in the horses pulse

Veterinary Advice

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Veterinary Advice

Spotting lameness can be difficult, especially when the lameness is mild. Watch this video for great advice on spotting lame strides with Simon Joyner from Western Counties Equine hospital.

Yard Poster

Our yard poster is the perfect addition to any tack or tea room. Helping owners spot lameness' and providing valuable advice about dealing with common lameness’s. Download this free poster and don’t forget to write your yard's name in the box before putting it up.

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Test your knowledge

Take a look at the videos below and click the buttons to show which horses you think are sound or lame.

Video 1

Lame Sound

Video 2

Lame Sound

Video 3

Lame Sound

If you have a question about lameness, why not post it on our Facebook Page? Petplan Equine Veterinary Specialist Gil Riley will be happy to reply.

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