Our Peterson Smith ambulatory veterinarians have the knowledge and instruments necessary to identify and treat many causes of lameness. Our veterinarians will visually examine the horse’s conformation and balance, while looking for any indication of injury or tension before moving onto palpations and the use of hoof testers. Furthering the exam our veterinarians will evaluate the horse in motion prior to starting the flexion test, which can reveal problems not otherwise obvious. Digital radiographs and ultrasound are available on the farm. Other diagnostics such as nerve and joint blocks may also be performed to localize the cause of lameness. Once the lameness is identified, your Peterson Smith veterinarian can help you to come up with a treatment plan to get your horse back to their goals. In some cases, referral to our Sports Medicine Department can be arranged.
Joint injections, PRP, IRAP, stem cell, laser, A2M, acupuncture, shockwave, CURO and chiropractic's are all therapies we offer. Our goal is to get your equine athlete back in action. We can work closely with your farrier to maintain proper hoof care.
Prior to buying a horse, a thorough veterinary exam can identify causes of concern or suitability of horse for intended use and give you an idea on maintenance on your next equine companion. The exam can be tailored to the purchaser and the horse. Diagnostics include: thorough physical & soundness examination, radiographs, ultrasound, endoscopy, and blood work including drug screening.