Lameness and poor performance investigations.
We focus on equine lameness and performance and have years of expertise in lameness assessment.
Sometimes horses show other symptoms and lameness may not first be recognised as the main reason for poor performance. With our keen interest and experience treating horses across a wide range of disciplines, we are well equipped to help. If your horse is lame, this can have many causes; there can be varying degrees of lameness too. Mild lameness in horses may be hard to spot whereas non weight-bearing lameness is easier to recognise! Whatever the issue, we perform a comprehensive lameness evaluation, giving clear communication throughout.
How we can help
At Espinar Equine, we offer a personal service where we get to know you and your horse. Our small, dedicated team ensures continuity of care, following your horse’s case all the way from initial lameness assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Poor performance or not being ‘quite right’ may be down to a combination of factors so we offer other procedures like gastroscopy and endoscopy to determine the root cause of any problem. Being a good equine vet is not just about knowing the most common cause of lameness in horses. Treatment of lameness or performance problems is never ‘one-size-fits-all’! Each case can be complex and as a specialised equine vet, our focus is on achieving the best outcomes for you and your horse.
We also have access to a network of paraprofessionals like farriers and physiotherapists. Good communication is key; we will spend time talking with you to understand your views on the horse’s issues. We can then give the most accurate prognosis, based on the outcome of investigations, allowing us to offer practical advice tailored to your individual needs.
Diagnostic imaging equipment
We can do lameness work-ups at your yard as we have modern mobile diagnostic imaging equipment (portable battery-operated x-ray and ultrasound machines). This means we take high quality x-rays even in the field.
Investigation of some lameness cases can require specialist diagnostic techniques such as MRI or scintigraphy (a ‘bone scan’). As we are an independent veterinary practice, we can provide unbiased advice on the most suitable referral hospital.
Efficient, expert advice
Dr Emiliano Espinar is an Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice. He is also a certified member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology, staying at the forefront of the very latest advances in the cause, diagnosis and treatment of equine performance issues. He enjoys sharing this knowledge, with regular updates and in our quarterly newsletter too. As an independent equine veterinary consultant, Emiliano is also able to offer his opinion on cases and take referrals for second opinions too.