Equine Poor Performance Investigations
Poor (or under) performance in horses is a common reason horses are presented to the equine vets for examination at South Moor Equine. It isn’t necessarily just the elite sports horse that can suffer with poor performance, but any horse which seems to be struggling with jobs it would normally manage with no problems. This is easier to quantify in a racehorse where racing results have deteriorated compared to normal but can be much more difficult in general riding horses.
Symptoms of poor performance can be wide-ranging to non-existent other than a rider reported suspicion of something not being ‘right’. We always take these feelings seriously, however, as no one knows the horse better than the rider/owner/trainer, and if they feel something is wrong, they’re usually correct!
How will we investigate?
After discussing the case with you and getting a feel for the history, we will usually complete a thorough clinical examination to help identify the possible reasons for poor performance; potentially under saddle as well. These sorts of cases can be very difficult to investigate and if there are no clues from the clinical history or examination it can be a matter of ruling things out. Unfortunately, these investigations can become costly due to the vagueness of symptoms and cost of some of the techniques required to rule certain conditions in or out, but we will always discuss this with you as we go and work out the best way forward for horse and owner/rider. We may take blood to check for any infections/inflammation/organ disease.