Lameness Screening

Does your horse have a nonspecific and difficult to diagnose lameness? Our service assists lameness investigation and is particularly helpful when dealing with multilimb lameness cases which can prove to be a diagnostic challenge.        

We are able to image the whole body within 1 hour without traveling the horse and it is a cost effective option, particularly when owners are not insured. SyncThermology specialise in non-specific lameness investigation and you will receive a scientific and professional service inclusive of stress testing and veterinary reporting form our team of Vets.

Our service is not a replacement for other forms of investigation, we work in conjunction with veterinary practices and professionals to ensure horses receive correct diagnosis and treatment.

More About Equine Lameness

Non-specific lameness is one of thermography’s main contributions to veterinary medicine and can help to isolate dysfunction.

The clinical signs may be gradual in onset and it could be some time before the rider appreciates that there is a problem. The signs are rather non-specific and are often connected to back pain. Affected horses often have some secondary back muscle soreness but that is not the primary cause of the performance problem. Physiotherapy treatment may relieve the back pain but unless the primary problem is identified and treated the improvement will be short-lived

If both forelimbs are affected the rider may realise that the horse is not striding as freely as before. It may feel restricted in the shoulders, although it is much more likely that the source of pain is in the lower parts of the legs. If both hind-limbs are affected, the horse will show loss of engagement and impulsion. It may work more on the forehand and appear to hold it's back stiffly. The horse may be unwilling to work properly on the bit and some hind limb unlevelness might be seen in medium and extended trot. If asked to push more from behind a horse might prefer to break into canter. A jumping horse may lose power and find it hard to jump large spreads. Dressage horses may become resistant or even appear nappy. Clearly it is very complicated but multi-limb lameness is quite common. These difficult manifestations of lameness need considerable time and expertise to unravel the causes.

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