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Performance Examinations

The most important thing you can do is work to prevent the situations that can lead to lameness—and if lameness strikes, act fast with the help of our experienced equine veterinarian
Performance examinations determine if a horse is physically capable of performing at the desired level of competition, or to evaluate a recent decrease in performance. This type of exam includes evaluation of the musculoskeletal system (muscles and bones) and cardiovascular system (heart and lungs). All of these systems must work together to ensure the horse is able to perform at his/her best. An initial physical exam is performed while standing, then a dynamic (moving) lameness evaluation is performed which may include flexion tests and/or lunging to determine if the horse is sound (free of pain while moving). Additionally the horse’s respiratory rate and effort and heart rate will be evaluated both during exercise and recovery. If the horse recovers too slowly or has abnormal lung or heart sounds, this may require additional diagnostics such as upper airway endoscopy or thoracic ultrasound.

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I just want to send out a most heartfelt thanks to Dr.Carter and his amazing staff! They are truly one of a kind! They have done just a wonderful job taking care of Kelly! The love and attention to her is so appreciated! God Bless all of them.

Aiken, SC

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