Lameness is one of the most prevalent veterinary complaints in horse management. It can range from an obvious non-weight bearing gait to more subtle signs of discomfort.


Lameness can be caused by trauma, congenital or acquired disorders, infection, metabolic disorders, or nervous circulatory system disease. Pain is the most common cause of lameness in all horses.

It is critical to identify the cause of lameness because treatment will vary greatly depending on the cause. A horse will be examined from a distance and up close with a thorough palpation of the legs. The vast majority of all lameness originate in the foot so a thorough test of the hoof, sole and heels will be carried out.

Diagnostics using digital radiography and ultrasonography can be employed to determine the exact cause of lameness.

Franklin Vets are proud to have a close relationship with Matamata Vets, and this is our first choice for referring patients and where we seek specialist advise on tricky cases from.