New Equine Guelph Tool Helps Horse Owners Identify Lameness

Equine caregivers know all too well, identifying and treating lameness in horses can be a frustrating and expensive process. Equine Guelph's new Lameness Lab online tool, sponsored by Pfizer Equine Division, will help you learn about lameness through interactive activities.

"We think that a visual approach to lameness will greatly help horse caregivers better understand the basics of lameness and how to recognize the signs or symptoms in their horse," said Cathy Rae, DVM, equine Technical Services veterinarian for Pfizer Animal Health. "This understanding should help them detect lameness earlier as well as guide them in knowing when to call their veterinarian."

The Lameness Lab will allow horse owners to discover the causes and factors contributing to increased risk. You will learn about the body tissues involved and how to tell if your horse is lame. See videos of lame horses, test your knowledge, and find out how a veterinarian detects lameness.

This online tool features video commentary by Nicola Cribb, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, assistant professor and equine surgeon at the University of Guelph, and Ken Armstrong, DVM, equine veterinarian and partner of Halton Equine Veterinary Services in Puslinch, Ontario.

"I am pleased to help out with the 'working with the vet' section of the online tool," said Armstrong. "In the videos, I explain to horse owners a typical process that vets go through from lameness assessment to diagnosis. Because it's a team effort between the vet and the owner, it's important for owners to understand what the vet is doing and why."

To check out this tool, go to Equine Guelph's 'Toolbox' at and click on Lameness Lab.

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