Lameness is defined as an unwillingness or inability to stand or move normally, or an abnormal stance or gait caused by either a structural or a functional disorder of the locomotor system. While not a disease perse, but rather a clinical sign, lameness can be one of the most frustrating of problems for horse and owner. It is critical to correctly determine the cause of the lameness as treatment will vary greatly depending on the cause. The ability to assess lameness requires a detailed knowledge of the horse’s anatomy, biomechanics, conformation, and breed characteristics as well as the ability to assess a variety of different gaits. At Central West Equine we have a specific hard surface lameness area that horses can be trotted and lunged on, to assist our vets in their assessment. Horses presented for lameness evaluation will be assessed at the walk and trot in hand and on the lunge. Following gait assessment flexion tests are performed along with nerve and or joint blocks, as indicated, to further determine the area of concern. These different diagnostic tests help the vet to identify the site of the issue. Subsequent to these tests, radiography or ultrasound images may be taken to determine the cause of lameness. Due to the time factors related to performing these diagnostics, we encourage you to drop your horse off for a few hours or the whole day as suits you. We have ample parking for floats and safe yards for your horse. There is no additional cost for your horse to stay with us for the day.
We at Central West Equine are equipped to offer comprehensive diagnostics and treatment for a range of medical issues. Common medical issues include abdominal problems such as colic and diarrhoea, respiratory issues, liver and kidney disorders, neurological, metabolic, hormonal and skin complaints. Our diagnostic equipment is modern and our facilities purpose built, supported by exceptional quality care provided by our dedicated staff. We are regularly presented with horses for poor performance, colic, diarrhoea, weight loss, respiratory and endocrine disorders among other issues. Diagnostic procedures offered by CWE include radiography, endoscopy, ultrasonography, rectal examination, biopsy and pathology services and more.
We are fully equipped to respond to your medical emergency and offer a 24hr on call service 365 days a year.
Treatment of injuries can be time critical and traumatic to horse and owner. The vets and nurses at CWE are experienced and knowledgeable in the assessment, treatment and management of a wide range of injuries to your horse. We have extensive diagnostic resources available to diagnose the extent of damage and thereby determine the best course of treatment.
A dental examination by an Equine Dental Vet looks at the overall picture presented by your horse, including historical records. Our vet will not only complete a detailed oral examination, but also a complete analysis of your horse’s overall health – with access to digital radiography, ultrasound and other diagnostic techniques. Our Equine Dental Vets use sedation – to enable a thorough examination of all dental arcades, tongue and soft tissues of the mouth, and for the safety of horse and veterinarian. They use a light source – so they can see. A light source and mirror enable the vet to explore every facet of the horse’s mouth in an area of limited space and zero natural light.
Our Equine Dental Vets use power tools – this enables them to do a more precise job which benefits the horse for longer. The use of power tools means they are completed faster, which means the horse returns to their natural state sooner.
Routine mare examinations – Examination re suitability for breeding, follicle scan, pregnancy scan, Set up for walk on breeding, Foaling Down, Chilled semen insemination, Frozen semen insemination – including low dose deep horn insemination, Embryo Transfer, Embryo Freezing, Placental scanning, Foetal Sexing.
Investigation and treatment of the barren or Subfertile mare – Not all mares are easy breeders. Historical details, thorough examination, endoscopic examination, low volume uterine lavage and culture, uterine biopsies, uterine or clitoral cultures, hormonal assays etc
Stallion Evaluation – assess fertility prior to breeding season, investigate cause of decrease in fertility, insurance examinations, Semen collection, sperm evaluation, stallion chilled semen transport, stallion semen freezing, storage and transport
An essential step on your path to buying a horse.
Note that the horse will not be declared sound or unsound, or said to have passed or failed but rather an assessment of the horse’s health and temperament at the time of examination will be provided. This report is issued in confidence to the purchaser. We perform our pre-purchase examinations in keeping with the Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) guidelines. The 5 step exam takes approximately 2 hours and includes a thorough physical examination, flexion tests, and examination during and after exercise. The purchaser can request further tests including radiographs, ultrasound, endoscopy and blood tests
Some goals of equine rehabilitation include assisting with injury recovery including bandage changes, improving patient mobility and alleviating signs of illness. Treatment duration and success depends on the owner’s willingness and ability to comply with the treatment plan. Our facilities, combined with knowledgeable and experienced staff can assist with the recovery of your horse including but not limited to overseeing corrective farriery, laminitic maintenance and wound care.
Joint Support is another facet of rehabilitation and comes in many forms including systemic, intraarticular, or oral. There are many different products which are suitable for different situations. If you have a competitive horse or an older horse, talk to us about how you can proactively support their joint health.
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For more information on any aspect of risk to your horse please speak to one of our veterinarians.