Veterinary Care of the Sporthorse
All horses are exposed from the beginning to the end of their athletic career to many circumstances that can negatively influence their general well being. Examples may be heavy training, competitions, transport, nutrition and so on. Luckily, for a healthy and long standing career there are many measures that can be taken.
The purchase examination
The purchase of a (sport) horse is the ideal time to obtain as much information as possible including history, the current management and the current health of the horse. For the last component, an excellent clinical examination is required complimented by comprehensive imaging (radiographs, ultrasound and in some cases scintigraphy and MRI), endoscopy and a blood profile/test. With all this information, we try to gauge the risk as well as give advice about potential health problems that may arise in the future. When the decision is made to buy the horse, all the information gathered at the purchase examination is then analyzed and used as the starting point for the new and optimal management and training regime.