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Foot Conditions‹ Full Conditions List

There are many foot conditions that we can help to evaluate. We work alongside your professionals to help isolate and monitor some of the below problems:


Abscesses in the hoof are typically characterised by the sudden onset of severe lameness. In some cases the horse may refuse to put any weight at all on the affected leg. The horse will be sensitive in the area of the abscess and may have an increased digital pulse and swelling in the lower leg.

A vet or farrier can pare away the hoof to reveal and drain the abscess, confirming the diagnosis. If left untreated, the abscess may erupt on its own through the sole of the hoof or at the coronary band. Thermography provides excellent detection.


A horse with a bruised foot can show varying degrees of lameness. Some will only reveal lameness on uneven or rocky surfaces, whilst others may be consistently lame. A bruised sole may show up as a visible mark, but a horse will usually show lameness or sensitivity before the bruise actually appears. In some cases the bruise may not be severe enough to cause lameness but the horse will be sensitive to hoof testers or concussion at the affected area. Thermography can help to isolate bruising.


Laminitis is one of the biggest killers in the equine world.  We think that laminitis only affects the front feet but that is far from the truth. It can affect all four feet.  It is a very painful thing for the horse to experience and also for the owner to see.  There are three stages to laminitis, each one with different effects. So what is laminitis? It is when the two laminae separate from each other. Quite basically it is the hoof wall and the coffin bone being ripped away from each other, like our fingernails being ripped from our finger. Not very nice at all and it becomes very uncomfortable for the horse to walk on.


When we talk about navicular disease a lot of people think that there is only one problem, however there are really two possible problems of the navicular area.

1.         Navicular Syndrome – this is when we are really not sure about what is causing the pain in the back of the foot area.

2.         Navicular Disease – a disease of the navicular bone, which causes changes to the navicular bone that can be seen on an x-ray.

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