Lameness or unexplained changes in performance are very common sources of frustration for horse owners. At OSEA many of our doctors have a special interest in these problems. We feel strongly that to solve a problem, we must first know exactly what the problem is. Our priority when evaluating a lameness or performance problem is to accurately define the problem in as much detail as possible. A precise diagnosis allows us to recommend the best treatment for your horse. We can also more accurately predict the time for rehabilitation and the likelihood that the horse can continue to do his job at the same level after recovery. Evaluations consist of several stages. The horse is observed at rest and in motion, often under saddle, so that we can visualize the problem. Where appropriate, nerve or joint blocks, using a local anesthetic, are performed to localize the problem within a leg or legs. Once localized, the affected area is imaged to characterize the problem, identify injured structures, and quantify the degree of injury. Radiography and ultrasonography are often used together to obtain the greatest amount of information possible. These evaluations can easily be done at your barn. Occasionally we will recommend more advanced imaging options, such as nuclear scintigraphy or MRI. We have excellent relationships with regional facilities which provide these services. We want you to be involved at every stage of this process. You can make better decisions for your horse if you understand what her problems are. We welcome questions at every point and will design a treatment and rehabilitation plan with your input.
Dr. Currid is available for evaluations outside of our normal practice area on a case-by-case basis. Please call for an appointment.