Causes of poor performance are many and varied, and may include:
- dental disease
- low grade musculoskeletal pain, including mild lameness or muscular disorders
- cardiac or respiratory problems
- poorly fitting saddles or other tack
- low grade infection
In some cases the horse may be being asked to do too much, and may not be physically capable of performing to the level requested.
Our equine vets can perform an initial examination of the horse at home – please be aware that we may wish to see the horse ridden and/or lunged, depending on the nature of the problem, and may take blood samples to aid diagnosis if appropriate. Many cases, however require a more detailed examination at the practice in order to make an accurate diagnosis and establish what, if any, treatment is required.
In some cases we may also advise the services of a qualified physiotherapist and/or saddle fitter to ensure the whole problem is being addressed, and help to prevent any reoccurrences.