Equine Disease Management

Franklin vets can help with the diagnostics and treatment of equine diseases. We work with our clients to help them spot and treat injuries themselves and know when it’s time to call a trained equine veterinarian.


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 developed the Equi-worm rite programme that helps take out the guess work for worming horses. We estimate a saving of up to 50 percent per year on de-worming treatments with our Equiworm-rite programme for multi horse properties that are blanket treated every 8 weeks.

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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.

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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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Contact our Equine team today: 09 238 2471  |  equine@fvs.co.nz