It is of the utmost importance to keep our equine athletes in phenomenal working condition, and Pacific Crest Equine has developed a reputation as a premier center for lameness evaluations. We are extremely thorough in our examinations and diagnostic workups to ensure that every equine athlete receives the proper diagnosis and treatment. With injured performance horses it is critical to accurately diagnose the injury, however difficult. We perform flexion tests and diagnostic nerve blocks (regional anesthesia) and/or joint blocks (intra-articular anesthesia) to localize the lameness, then use the appropriate imaging, such as radiography, ultrasonography, or thermography to reach a diagnosis. Our treatment plans are catered to each individual horse and their injury or pathology.
We also perform a large number of pre-purchase examinations every year. Our base purchase examinations begin with a thorough physical exam, lameness exam, neurologic exam, and evaluation under saddle if the buyer requests. After the initial exam is complete, we can pursue further diagnostics such as; radiographic evaluation, video endoscopy, drug screening, blood work, and/or an EKG.
For more information on the imaging capabilities Pacific Crest Equine has to offer, please visit our imaging page.