- Loss of performance in a competition horse can occur for many reasons. The most common of these are musculoskeletal disease (lameness or back pain), upper respiratory tract disorders (‘wind’ problems) and lower respiratory tract disease. Occasionally, internal medical problems (such as anaemia, viral infection, post-viral syndrome, gastric ulceration or cardiac disease), gynaecological problems (particularly in mares), dental issues or tack-related problems may be involved.
- Investigation of poor performance can be challenging and involved. Specialist equipment, including telemetric ECG , gastroscopy and overground endoscopy, is available at the hospital. We can take the overground scope and ECG equipment out to nearby gallops if we are investigating poor performance in racehorses. Our on-site laboratory means that instant analysis and same day results are attainable for blood and other samples. It is important that the horse’s normal tack is brought in and, where possible, that the horse’s usual rider is available at the time of initial consultation to ride the horse.
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Saturday: 9:00AM - 12.00PM
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Monday - Friday: 8:30AM - 6:00PM