Equine Sports Medicine

Equine athletes, just like human athletes, have a tendency to push their bodies higher, further, and faster than most. The injuries that result, even when not catastrophic, can limit a horse's ability to perform. In order to compete as athletes, horses need to be sound, able to breathe well, have an efficiently functioning heart and vasculature, and their neurologic systems, which orchestrate the whole, need to be intact. The role of equine sports medicine is to determine how each of these body systems enables the horse to perform at a maximum level, and, if the horse's performance has decreased, to determine which body system is malfunctioning.

The Hospital for Large Animals utilizes the most advanced diagnostic imaging systems available, including the only high-resolution MRI in New England, CT, ultrasound, and nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan). The hospital also performs respiratory evaluation and lameness evaluation, and offers cutting-edge equine therapies for your horse. These include regenerative techniques employing stem cells and PRP as well as IRAP therapy.

Sports medicine is not only for elite horses. Whether poor performance means coming in fourth rather than first in the Derby or having an unpleasant trail ride because your horse was coughing, limitations to a horse's physical ability means that the horse cannot do his job happily or well. Sports medicine is for the 4-H pony, the 3-Day Event horse, the barrel racer, the endurance horse, and the multi-million dollar racehorse. Sports medicine is for any rider and horse team that wants to be able to exercise without pain and without limitation to the horse's genetic potential.

Please contact the Hospital for Large Animals to make an appointment.

Hospital for Large Animals
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
53 Willard Street
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: (508) 839-7926
Fax: (508) 839-7931
Emergency Services: (508) 839-7926