Although lameness is relatively common in equines it can also be serious and should be evaluated by a veterinary professional lameness in horses is an abnormal gait or stance due to a disorder of the locomotor system and can have many causes and therefore many treatment options may be available. Overview of lameness in horses by stephen b adams dvm ms dacvs department of veterinary clinical sciences school of veterinary medicine purdue university the merck veterinary manual was first published in 1955 as a service to the community the legacy of this great resource continues as the merck veterinary manual in the us and . With horse lameness in the front end people often wonder if there is a problem in the shoulder thats because the shoulder always compensates for problems in the leg. Initially lameness is mild with navicular disease and comes and goes as lameness worsens a stiff shuffling gait with a shortened choppy stride becomes characteristic making it difficult for the horse to function. Lameness in horses is defined as an abnormal stance or gait caused by either a structural or a functional disorder of the horses locomotor system a horse suffering from lameness will be unwilling or unable to stand or move normally
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