As riders ourselves, we know soundness as both practitioner and participant.

When your horse is off, it's more than inconvenient--it's distressing to you and them.  With our expertise, we can find the source of pain efficiently, and we understand the athletic demands of your particular activity.

Common causes of lameness include:

  • Hoof abscesses
  • Hoof pain
  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle soreness
  • Tendon and Ligament injury
  • Neurologic disease
  • etc.

We will find the source of pain through careful observation, examination, and palpation of your horse.  Techniques incorporated with difficult-to-find lameness include flexion tests; local anesthesia (nerve blocks or joint injection); diagnostic imaging, etc.

For cases outside our expertise, we are pleased to refer to facilities with advanced imaging and surgical capabilities.


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "She has always been there for us. She is forever in my thoughts as the best vet. She saved our hours old filly from certain death. She knew exactly what to do in an instant after just seconds in seeing her. We are forever in your debt...thank you!"
    Barbara T.
  • "Thank you Dr Mertens for such a thoughtful and careful job with our sweet Daisy the Donkey this morning! She is well on her way to health again after that abscess!"
    Suzi R.