Many horses are referred to us for lameness or poor performance investigations, and these appointments generally take three to four days, sometimes longer, depending on the complexity of the problem. For these cases we may ask you to bring your tack with you, as if we need to see the horse ridden, it is preferable to do this with your own tack. Your horse will be stabled for the duration of their stay, so if your horse is wearing rugs please bring them with you.
The Equine Centre has a large yard area, and it is possible to leave your horse box or trailer for the duration of your appointment. Vehicles are left at your own risk, but we do have security patrolling the AHT premises.
Your horse will be under the primary care of a senior clinician whilst at the Equine Centre. While you are here, the clinician will examine your horse, including watching your horse moving in hand, on the lunge and ridden if necessary. It may be necessary for you to ride your horse; however, if that is not possible, one of our experienced yard staff will be able to ride the horse at this stage or at any point during its investigations. If it is necessary to continue with investigations, your horse will be admitted as an in-patient for the clinician to continue with their investigations, which can include scintigraphy, computed radiography, ultrasonography, nerve blocks and sometimes MRI. The clinician will keep you informed each day of their progress, and seek your permission for any diagnostic or treatment procedures that require your consideration and agreement. As the appointment progresses, the clinician will be able to give you some indication as to when all the investigations and treatment will be complete, and when it is likely that your horse will be ready to go home.
In many cases, as part of our treatment protocol, corrective trimming and remedial shoeing may be appropriate, and our remedial farrier will carry out this prior to a horse being discharged.
Horses can be collected at your convenience, but owners are advised that hospitalisation charges are made from the day of admission to the day of discharge.