Lameness is a common reason for poor performance, which can be a frustrating problem for trainers. We recommend to act when you see early signs to keep your horse at its best performance. To diagnose a lameness we observe the horse in a trot and palpate and flex the legs and neck/back. Sometimes we need to use local anaesthetics to further specify the problem area. For diagnosing bone and joint problems we can then take radiographs, whereas diagnosis of soft tissue (i.e. tendons and ligaments) requires ultrasound examination.

Treatment options for lameness vary a lot depending on the cause. We can for example reduce joint inflammation by injecting the joint with medication. Tendon and ligament injuries can be treated with PRP, which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. PRP is prepared from the horses own blood and has shown to drastically improve the result of tendon injuries when used appropriately.