Lameness low-down

Posted 30th July 2018

Here’s what it’s all about

Trotting up your pony to spot lameness

In an ideal world, your fave pony would be sound all the time but, unfortunately, lameness can occur for all sorts of reasons, including laminitis, a sore back, bruised feet or an injured tendon. It can appear gradually or suddenly and it could show up in any limb – even more than one limb at a time.

Knowing about lameness helps you spot when something’s not quite right with your fave pony, so you can get him the help he needs as quickly as possible.

Did you know?

When vets talk about how lame a pony is, they use a scale of 1–10 – anything above 5/10 is classed as severe.


Lame – unable to move without difficulty

Sound – able to move without difficulty (not lame)

Chronic – a problem that’s been going on for a while

Acute – a problem that’s suddenly occurred

Bilateral lameness – lameness in both front or both hindlegs

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Call your vet, who will tell you if you need to do anything else while you wait for them to come and assess him.

For more ways to spot lameness in your fave pony, check out September PONY, on sale 1 August.

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