Lameness in horses has multiple causes some obvious and some that are difficult to diagnose following are the most common causes of equine lameness traumatic injuries sprains strains fractures and other injuries to the musculoskeletal system including bones muscles cartilage tendons ligaments and joints damage to the nervous system . Lameness is defined as an abnormal stance or gait caused by either a structural or a functional disorder of the locomotor system the horse is either unwilling or unable to stand or move normally lameness is the most common cause of loss of use in horses it can be caused by trauma congenital or . Lameness due to splints is most common in 2 year old horses undergoing training the lameness is most obvious while the horse is trotting or working or soon thereafter lameness may come and go or be present continuously for as long as a year. As a board certified equine surgeon i am a horse lameness diagnostician i specialize in difficult to identify lameness my goal is to find the source of pain and we can then develop and effective treatment plan together
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