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LAMENESS DETECTIVES

The question of how far to go while investigating a mystery lameness has plagued most horse owners at one time or another.
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You or someone you know has probably had a horse come up lame for a reason that’s not immediately obvious. He doesn’t have an obvious wound or a swelling that you can see from across the barn aisle, yet is limping nonetheless. It’s perplexing.

Horses are a significant investment of time, money and emotion. You’d really like to know what’s wrong.

However, you most likely also have a few questions rolling around in your mind:

■ Assuming that you don’t want to provide a blank check, what should you do?

■ Even if you do write a blank check, how likely is it that you will come up with an answer?

■ Even if you do come up with an answer, will the answer make any difference in your treatment? The standard for lameness diagnosis and treatment has been to try to find out exactly what the problem is and then try to “fix” it. If you know the exact cause, you can often come up with a treatment plan that is most likely to result in a horse that is lameness- free (and as soon as possible).

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