No hoof. No horse.

Lameness exam

We are familiar with the challenges of hoof care in our West Coast climate.

Lameness may be severe and obvious, as in cases of a foot abscess, or it may be subtle and complex, such as in cases of sacro-iliac disease.

To diagnose a wide range of lameness issues, we use standard lameness examination techniques, such as hoof tester application, limb palpations, flexion tests and nerve/joint blocks, as well as digital x-ray and ultrasound equipment. Because our diagnostic equipment is portable, results can be analyzed immediately.

Treatment Options

Once the cause of lameness is diagnosed, we will design a treatment and management plan that may include:

  • Stall rest
  • Joint injections
  • Anti-inflammatories such as Phenylbutazone (Bute) and Previcox
  • Joint supplements such as Intravenous Legend, which is a naturally occurring element of joint fluid.

Epona Equine Veterinary Services takes pride in being knowledgable about all of the latest products to manage difficult issues such navicular disease.


Understanding that effective treatment for some cases requires a multi-faceted approach,  we also work with a wide range of industry professionals and may provide a referral for:

  • Farrier services
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Surgery
  • Standing MRI, if required.