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Is Every Horse Lame? What to Consider When Using The Q in Baseline Evaluations

Is Every Horse Lame? What to Consider When Using The Q in Baseline Evaluations

By Kevin Keegan Kevin G. Keegan, DVM, MS, DACVS | Updated on | Baseline Evaluation, KG Keegan

I was recently asked by a practitioner about using the Equinosis Q with Lameness Locator as part of a baseline evaluation on horses with no perceived indications of lameness, but measure as lame. Her concern was that owners would think that every horse tested is lame and in need of further work up. So how should one approach this scenario when obtaining baseline evaluations on horses? Lameness is a clinical sign not a disease. I repeat the mantra many times.    Many horses (I am guessing at least 70%) will measure strong evidence of lameness in at least...

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Don't Miss the Boat: Turning Misperceptions into Efficiencies

Don't Miss the Boat: Turning Misperceptions into Efficiencies

By Kevin Keegan Kevin G. Keegan, DVM, MS, DACVS | Updated on | Baseline Evaluation, KG Keegan, Locked, OES Members Only

  I used to get a little peeved at the interns and residents for ultra-sounding the abdomen before they had me take a horse to colic surgery.  I didn’t think it was necessary.  I was confident that, just by looking at the horse, I knew when it needed to go to surgery.  But I was younger then and ignorant.  In more recent years, after experiencing cases with ultrasound results that were helpful (and in some cases the ultimate diagnostic technique); after witnessing an accumulation of valuable knowledge gleaned from doing something often; after recognizing the efficiency gained from experience...

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Is Every Horse Lame? What to Consider When Using The Q in Baseline Evaluations

Don't Miss the Boat: Turning Misperceptions into Efficiencies