- Bayer Animal Health
You can’t deny the beauty of a horse working at peak performance. That’s why lameness – an alteration in a horse’s gait – is a symptom to be wary of. Not only can it affect the gracefulness of your horse’s stride, but lameness can also be a sign of joint trauma.
Signs of lameness
Lameness is measured on a scale of 0 (imperceptible under any circumstances) to 5 (the horse is almost completely unable to move).1
If you notice a difference in performance or disposition, it might be time to contact your veterinarian for a professional evaluation. The examination will include a variety of tests including joint flexion, visual appraisal of the horse at rest and under saddle, plus applying hoof testers to the hooves, and palpation of the tendons and ligaments to check for swelling or sensitivity.
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