Horses

 

          

From left to right: A horse's larynx (using the endoscope), a horse being examined at the clinic, an X-ray of a fractured long pastern bone taken at the clinic.

 

Emergency Care

We provide care to horses in need of veterinary attention, whether routine or emergency.

Reproduction services

Preseason (breeding soundness)

  • Routine checks

  • Swabs for infections

  • Uterine biopsy

Synchrony of oestrous

  • CUE-MAREs or oral dosing of progesterone and PG to synchronise
  • Manual and ultrasounographic exams to time AI or 'walk-on' service

Artificial insemination

  • Chilled or frozen semen AI

Pregnancy test at 15 days

  • A 15 day pregnancy check is important to identify and ablate a twin pregnancy (a potentially life-threatening situation for the mare and foals) and to utilise the next ovulation if the mare is not in foal. Additional pregnancy checks are advised at 30 and 45 days.

Caslick operations

  • In mares with poor vulval conformation

  • NOTE: The horse stocks at the clinic are equiped with a foal-box to handle wet mares.

Foaling Alarm

  • We have a foaling alarm for hire which is able to send text message alerts to your mobile

Colt Castration

  • We use a 'Tie off' system, which is safer and has fewer post-op complications.

Dentistry

Horse’s teeth continue to grow throughout most of their life. The grinding of their upper cheek teeth against their lower ones can cause the upper molars to develop sharp points on the outside of the teeth, and the lower teeth sharp points on the inside. There are other less common problems such as ramps, hooks etc.

An equine dental includes:

  • Sedation

  • Full dental examination

  • Removal of feed impactions

  • Sharp points floated (ground down) to prevent cheek ulcers and lacerations to the tongue, and pain where the bit engages.

  • Floating of premolar and molar hooks

  • Wolf teeth removal

  • Removal of ‘caps’ (deciduous teeth)

Lameness examinations

  • Full lameness work-up including a thorough physical examination and diagnostics such as nerve blocks, x-ray and ultrasound (tendon ultrasound).

X-Ray

  • For the diagnosis of fractures, infection and other.

Tendon Scan

  • For the diagnosis of tears in the flexor tendons.

Endoscopy

  • State-of-the-art endoscope for the assessment of the larynx, guttural pouches, trachea and oesophagus. This is a useful tool for the diagnosis of countless upper respiratory conditions and infections.

Pre-purchase examinations

  • Why not have a vet check a horse over before you commit to purchasing. We use an EVA (Equine Veterinary Association) approved examination.

Vaccination

Vaccinations available are;

  • Tetanus
  • Tetanus + Strangles (2in1)
  • Hendra
  • Salmonella

All our vets are Hendra accredited.

Racetrack Attendance