We understand the frustrations involved when a horse’s ability to perform at expected levels is impaired. Our experienced clinicians can systematically assess the potential causes and advise on treatment.
Lameness is one of the most common causes of poor performance and time off work. Varying severities of lameness are common in all types of horse, ranging from obvious at walk, through to much more subtle signs. The priority in all cases is to identify and treat the underlying cause. Horses and ponies referred to NEH will undergo a thorough clinical evaluation including observation at the walk and trot, lunged on both soft and hard surfaces and, when appropriate, a ridden assessment. In some cases, these procedures will be sufficient to determine the source of lameness. However, many others will require further in-depth investigations such as nerve blocks to reveal this. Once the site of lameness has been localised, diagnostic imaging techniques such as radiography, ultrasound and MRI scanning are used to characterise the cause of lameness fully.
There are many other causes of poor performance in the horse in addition to lameness. Reduced levels of performance may be caused by one, or a combination of problems. Musculoskeletal pain (other than those causing lameness) are common contributors, but other body systems may equally be involved, such as the respiratory, cardiovascular or gastrointestinal systems. Some examples include breathing difficulties, cardiac arrhythmias and gastric ulcers to name just a few.
Our consultants have a wealth of expertise and clinical experience, together with the most advanced diagnostic imaging equipment available. These include nuclear scintigraphy, digital radiography, ultrasonography, MRI, video endoscopy and overground endoscopy. When necessary, samples can be sent to our on-site laboratory, ensuring the provision of rapid and accurate results.
Our Lameness &
Poor Performance Team
Specialist in Surgery
BVSc MVetMed Dipl.ECVS MRCVS
- Degree – Liverpool University 2008
- Internship – Newmarket Equine Hospital, Newmarket. 2008-2010
- Surgical Residency – Royal Veterinary College, University of London 2010-2013
Will returned to the Newmarket Equine Hospital on completion of his surgical residency to join the referrals team and specialise in equine surgery. In February 2014 Will successfully passed the qualifying examinations of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, becoming a Diplomate of the college and gaining recognition as a European Specialist in Equine Surgery.
Will has published several papers in peer reviewed scientific journals and presented both nationally and internationally, on subjects including soft tissue injuries to the tarsocrural joint and sinus surgery.
Prior to embarking on his veterinary career Will was a keen event rider, unfortunately Will no longer competes but still finds time to ride.
Specialist in Surgery
BVM BVS MVetMed Dipl. ECVS MRCVS
Matt graduated from Nottingham University Veterinary School in 2011. He then undertook an internship before spending 4 years as an ambulatory vet in a busy equine hospital in Yorkshire. Following this, he completed a surgical Residency at the Royal Veterinary College where he developed a keen interest in both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. He joined NEH in 2019. In February 2020 Matt successfully passed the qualifying examinations of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, becoming a Diplomate of the College and a European Specialist in Equine Surgery.
Specialist in Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
BVSc MS DipACVSMR MRCVS
Jodie graduated from Bristol University Veterinary School in 2010 before completing an Internship at NEH. After working in a busy equine practice for 18 month, she moved to the US to pursue her interests in Equine Sports Medicine. She undertook Internships at the Universities of California and Colorado and completed a 3-year Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Programme, focused primarily on musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging and gait pattern association with performance. She gained her Master's Degree in Clinical Sciences in 2019. In February 2020 Jodie successfully passed the qualifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, becoming a Diplomate of the College.
Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging
BVSc Cert ES(Orth) Dipl.ECVDI MRCVS
Gaynor graduated from the University of Bristol in 1998 and following an internship and experience in first opinion practice joined the referrals team headed by Ian Wright in 2002. She gained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics) in 2007 and became a partner at Newmarket Equine Hospital in 2011. Following the European College latterly developing a large animal track residency in Diagnostic Imaging, Gaynor achieved Diplomate status in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2019 and is a RCVS and EBVS recognised specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.
Our hospital veterinary surgeons are consultants in their field, holding specialist qualifications endorsed with extensive clinical experience.