Did you know that the leading cause of poor performance in the competitive equine is lameness? It has been shown that 50% of U.S. stables operating with three or more horses had at least one lame horse. Common causes of lameness in horses are joint inflammation and/or pathology, tendon and ligament disorders, skeletal pathology, muscle pain, and disorders within the hoof.
However, complete sports medicine is not only limited to lameness. Other factors that can contribute to poor performance include dental pathology, disruption of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, metabolic disorders, infectious disease, and restriction or unevenness of movement (treated through chiropractic care).
In order for an equine athlete to realize their full potential it is very important to address and evaluate all of these areas.