Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thurs 7:00am - 8:00pm
Fri 7:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Equine Only Emergency Service

Call: 940-464-3231


Equine Surgery

Equine Surgery

Wellness: Dietary, vaccinations, worming

Surgery: soft tissue,emergency colic, lacerations, orthopedic, ligaments, tendons, hernias

Internal Medicine: lab work, endoscopy

Sports Medicine: digital x-ray, ultrasound, stem cell, irap, tildren, lameness workups, podiatry, venogram

Equine Dental Care

Equine Dental Care

Dentistry: pneumatic floats, molar extractions, orthodontics

Reproduction: collecting, breeding, A.I.,  Ultrasound, lab work, cultures

Alternative medicine: chiropractic, laser, acupuncture

ER Medicine:

24 hour service – 940-464-3231.

Other services include international health certificates, coggins, hospital care, health certificates.

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Equine Treatment Area
Equine Surgery
Fracture Repair
Wound Repair
Equine Care
Hoof Wall Resection
Wound Healing


View our ‘Caring For Your Equine’ companion guide for more information.


Examination Procedures

Veterinarians have specific systems for performing examinations, depending on the reasons for the evaluation. However, essential features of a thorough examination include:

  • The medical history of the horse. The veterinarian asks the owner questions relating to past and present difficulties of the horse. He or she also inquires about exercise or work requirements and any other pertinent information.
  • A visual appraisal of the horse at rest. The veterinarian will study conformation, balance and weight-bearing, as well as look for any evidence of injury or stress.
  • Application of hoof testers to the feet. This instrument allows the veterinarian to apply pressure to the soles of the feet to check for undue sensitivity or pain. Many practitioners will concentrate on the front feet, as 70 to 80 percent of the horses weight will be supported by the front limbs.
  • A thorough hands-on exam. The veterinarian palpates the horse, checking muscles, joints, bones and tendons for evidence of pain, heat, swelling or any other physical abnormalities
  • Evaluation of the horse in motion. The veterinarian watches the horse walking and trotting. Gait evaluation on a flat, hard (concrete) surface usually yields the most. Observing the horse from the front, back and both side views, the veterinarian notes any deviations in gait (such as winging or paddling), failure to land squarely on all four feet and the unnatural shifting of weight from one limb to another. The horse also walks and trots in circles, on a long line, in a round pen and under saddle. The veterinarian looks for signs, such as shortening of the stride, irregular foot placement, head bobbing, stiffness, weight shifting, etc.
  • Joint flexion tests. The veterinarian holds the horse’s limbs in a flexed position and then releases the leg. As the horse trots away, the veterinarian watches for signs of pain, weight shifting or irregular movement. Flexing the joints in this manner may reveal problems not otherwise readily apparent.
Hands-on Examinations
Joint Flexion Testing
Joint Flexion Testing

Diagnostic Tests

Diagnostic procedures are often necessary to isolate the specific location and cause of lameness. Lameness is best treated with a specific diagnosis. If your veterinarian has cause for concern based on initial examination, he or she may recommend further tests, including diagnostic nerve or joint blocks, radiographs, ultrasound, arthroscopy or examination of blood, synovial fluid and tissue samples.

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