Myhre Equine Clinic leads all of New England with the most experience and knowledge in various disciplines and the demands of the performance horse. We are uniquely qualified to provide pre-purchase exams and diagnostic lameness exams. Myhre Equine Clinic is a state-of-the-art facility encompassing a full-service farrier center on-site. Sports related injuries represent the most common performance-limiting health problems, and our state-of-the-art imaging technology allows our expert professional staff to accurately diagnose and treat these injuries.
The prospective buyer selects the veterinarian and schedules the exam, paying the relative fees. In order to avoid conflict of interest, the veterinarian should not be the seller's regular vet. Often both the owner and the seller are present during the pre-purchase exam. The buyer determines how in-depth the pre-purchase exam will become. This may include a full physical examination, lameness examination, under-saddle examination and/or radiographs. A pre-purchase exam is a fact-finding session which evaluates the horse on that particular day. It is not a guarantee, an insurance policy, or a value appraisal. All horses have defects, therefore, any horse can develop a future unsoundness or health problem.
The exam begins with the owner supplying the history and the veterinarian observing the horse at rest. The whole horse is considered during the in-depth analysis of the lameness. This includes the condition, conformation, abnormal stance, abnormal wear in the feet, lacerations and/or other physical abnormalities of the horse. The horse is then observed at the walk, trot and canter on hard and soft surfaces in a straight line and on a circle. The horse's limbs may be flexed or stressed to accentuate a lameness. An under-saddle examination can also be performed utilizing our indoor and outdoor riding arenas. Videography is used to analyze the horse's gait in further detail. At this point, further recommendations such as regional anesthesia, radiography, ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy, MRI or CT will be made. MEC’s experienced diagnosticians, combined with advanced diagnostic imaging, ensures your horse the best chance for success.
The value of rehabilitation after an injury is commonly underestimated in equine medicine.
Depending on the type of injury or lameness diagnosed, we will monitor your horse's rehabilitation progress along with your veterinarian. We will make adaptations in the program based your horse’s progress. Rehabilitation services and lay-up board are available on-site at High Knoll Equestrian Center. Certain techniques may be used during the rehabilitation process and include bandaging, massage, passive movement, and lunging or under saddle exercises. We will ensure the client receives the necessary education to perform the required tasks.
Game Ready™ Equine
The Game Ready System is used for post-workout therapy, chronic lameness, acute lameness, cellulitis, tendonitis, pre- and post-operative care, bowed tendons, stocked-up legs, wind puffs and more. Delivering dry, cold and active compression, Game Ready Equine utilizes the same physical therapy and athletic training principles relied on by human athletes, calling for the use of ”RICE” (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation). The Game Ready System is available for rent at MEC.