Sport Horse
focus: Equine Podiatry
Sponsored by Richard Mansmann, VMD, PhD of
Equine Podiatry & Rehabilitation
Mobile Practice of North Carolina
When a horse owner should seek help:

Immediately --For a horse with fever, depression, diarrhea, pneumonia, difficulty foaling, or sudden onset of stiff gaitedness.  Lateral radiographs would establish a baseline for possible laminitis

Within 7-10 days--When an abcess or bruise has been suspected but pain not resolved. Lateral radiographs minimally might be indicated.

Within 3- 6 weeks -- If a horse has been stall rested with foot support and medication but has not significantly improved following diagnosis of acute laminitis

Within 2- 4 weeks-- When any lameness is diagnosed, a treatment plan developed but the horse is not improving; an additional work up might be needed

With a body condition score > 7:; There is a need to evaluate the horse's nutrition and exercise progrram.  Excessive weight leads to serious concerns especially about their feet.  Lateral radiographs are indicated.

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