We provide routine soundness exams, which can help prevent injury or keep the subtle lameness from becoming a bigger issue, as well as diagnosing acute lamenesses. Lameness exams involve watching the horse/pony walk and trot if possible, palpation, flexion, localizing the pain through anesthetic blocks, radiography or ultrasonography as needed.
Lamenesses are often graded as follows:
Grade 1 - Difficult to observe; not consistently apparent regardless of circumstances (i.e., weight carrying, circling, inclines, hard surface, etc.)
Grade 2 - Difficult to observe at a walk or trotting straight line; consistently apparent under certain circumstances (i.e., weight carrying, circling, inclines, hard surface, etc.)
Grade 3 - Consistently observable at a trot under all circumstances
Grade 4 - Obvious lameness, marked nodding, hitching or shortened stride
Grade 5 - Minimal or not weight bearing in motion and/or at rest; inability to move
After we discuss the options with the owners and trainers we can work on an individualized plan that works best for the horse and the owner. The plan may involve several therapies, such as Joint Therapy, Stem Cells, IRAP, PRP, or Shock Wave.
We have also found our specialty in podiatry can often compliment these therapies for an even better result.
Owl Manor Veterinary Point-of-Care Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative Therapies are the future of veterinary medicine, offering new and improved options in joint and soft tissue injuries. Regenerative therapies have been instrumental in Osteoarthritis, Laminitis and Bone fractures, Soft Tissue Injuries.
Stem Cells are derived from an adult horse's body from bone marrow or fat (adipose) tissue. There are two types of stem cells; Hematopoietic and Mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are from the bone marrow, fat, umbilical cord blood and tissue. These are most often used because they can differentiate into a variety of cell types; osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilage cells), myocytes (muscle cells), and adipocytes (fat cells). Stem cells can come from a foal's umbilical cord following birth, as well aspirated from a sternum. Stem Cells are able to replicate and differentiate into other types of cells or tissues.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) are the smallest of all blood cells and naturally are the first responders to an injury. This therapy is a concentration of platelets in the form of blood plasma that are delivered to the area of the lesion. We do this by drawing blood from your horse and spinning it down in a centrifuge which eliminates both red and white blood cells and leaves a very high concentration of platelets.
IRAP - Interleukin-1 Recepter Antagonist Protein. Blood from your horse is collected and incubated with glass beads designed for this use because they accentuate IRAP production. Then it is administered to your horse. IRAP blocks a pro-inflammatory mediator, which results in reduction of inflammation in joints. It is thought that it will also promote cartilage and tendon healing.
Our equipment allows us to do all of this right in the horse's barn. This helps the horse and decreases the stress of shipping a horse to a veterinary clinic.
These therapies have no corticosteroids, benefitting all horses.
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Making an educated decision when buying a horse can bring peace of mind. While no pre-purchase is a guarantee that the horse will be a perfect fit, it can certainly make a huge difference. We allow the buyer to customize their pre-purchase. We have developed forms that allow customization for every budget. Whether you are looking for a pleasure mount or an international grand prix horse, we can help.
Pre-Purchase exams usually involve a basic exam of vital signs, eyes, teeth, overall soundness based on jogging in a straight line, and overall condition. Depending on the extent of the pre-purchase the buyer would like, we then move on to a musculoskeletal exam. At that time watching the horse trot in circles, hoof exams, trot after flexions and while being ridden (if that is its intended use). Following this exam we move on to radiographs and ultrasounds as needed. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a pre-purchase.