Common Equine Conditions

The following conditions are those commonly seen by our team of equine vets. This information will help you to spot conditions and when it is time to call us. We will then work with you and your horse to diagnose and treat equine diseases.


Equine colic is a relatively common disorder of the digestive system. It is defined as abdominal pain, but it is a clinical sign rather than a diagnosis.

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At Franklin Vets, we have a forward-thinking approach to parasite control, aimed at reducing drench resistance on your property, protecting horses against worm-related diseases, and saving you money on worming products by using the right product at the right time.

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Eye Ulcers

A horse’s vision is essential. They rely on their monocular vison to see danger and react quickly. Their almost 360-degree field of vision allows them to constantly scan the environment for possible threats and their binocular vison allows them to focus on an object in front of them such as an upcoming jump.

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Previously known as Eqine Cusings Disease, PPID is a common hormonal dysfunction in horses. It can affect as many as 1 in 7 horses and pones over the age of 15 but can be seen in younger horses too.

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Hoof Abscesses

Hoof Abscesses in horses are a common occurrence and can be extremely painful. It is the most common cause of sudden onset lameness, sometimes non-weight bearing on the toe. Owners often presume their horses have a fractured limb or injury from kicking.

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Lameness is one of the most prevalent veterinary complaints in the horse. 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.


Laminitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the tissues (laminae) that bond the hoof wall to the pedal (coffin) bone in the horse’s hoof. It is often associated with spring grass growth and overweight ponies. It can vary in severity from the merest hint of lameness to a serious case referred to as sinking.

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Performance animals are prone to continual trauma around joints from normal training loads.
Normal joint cartilage is a protective surface to the bones which, along with the synovial fluid bathing the joint capsule, allows smooth movement of a joint during motion.

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