Differentiation between the lame and neurological horse

Speaker: Russell Parker

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Differentiation between the lame and neurological horse


Gait abnormality is a non-specific term used to describe any deviation from normal movement, and there are many conditions beyond simple orthopedic pain (lameness) which can alter the way a horse moves. Differentiating between the lame horse and the neurologic horse can be challenging even for experienced clinicians, particularly as some horses will have several issues at once. A methodical approach to both the clinical examination and the use of diagnostic techniques is required to achieve a correct diagnosis and direct treatment appropriately.

 

 

Learning objectives are

  • To recognise there are multiple reasons for gait abnormality in horses
  • To have some understanding of objective grading of lame and neurological horses
  • To understand the principles of lameness vs neurological examinations for the investigation of clinical cases
  • To be familiar with different diagnostic techniques used in the investigation of clinical cases
  • To have an awareness of specific neurological conditions which may present with gait abnormality