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Poor Performance

More performance less drama... Stables Equine Practice Conkerfield Clinic is ideally suited to assess and investigate poor performance, with unique lameness evaluation area and state of the art diagnostic equipment.

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What to do when a horse or pony is not performing to its full potential?

This is a scenario we commonly encounter. The cause/causes can be simple or complex involving musculoskeletal pain, medical issues and behavioural problems or combinations of the above. Seeing the wood for the trees can be difficult, can take time, and may be a trial and error process.

The starting point has to be a clear evaluation of the horse in the absence of complicating factors. Trot up, lunge and ridden assessment on appropriate surfaces is a good place to start to establish whether the issue could be a lameness or musculoskeletal problem. The lameness examination area at Stables Equine is the ideal environment for this, offering safe, hard and soft areas for working on.

The nature of poor performance investigations, is such that the investigation could then go off in any direction and may lead to nerve blocking, X-raying, scanning, endoscopy, blood tests…. having the horse at Conkerfield Clinic means that we are best placed to pursue the examination wherever it takes us and either reach a conclusion or formulate an informed plan of action. Any treatments that needs to be performed can be done in the controlled environment of the clinic there and then.

  • “We took Mandu our gelding to see Jenny at Stables Equine yesterday and we couldn't thank her enough, Mandu was a legend having an 8" needle in his back for his treatment. All the staff couldn't had been more lovely so thank you all of you.”

  • “A huge huge THANK YOU to Kathryn Penn for her absolute dedication, I cannot thank her enough for everything she has done to help Rudolf and me at this difficult time!”

  • “Have been with Stables Equine for several years now. First class vets who are all a pleasure to meet. Would never consider using anyone else!”

  • “Won’t and will never use anyone else! The team are a fantastic bunch! Always go the extra mile to help, keep up the good work.”

  • “Friendly, professional and helpful, a great team all round”

  • “A very friendly, supportive and professional practice. I have been with them and Nicko since 2002 and they have all helped me to keep my horse as healthy as possible.”

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