Horse Health Tips: Understanding flexion tests

In video 5 of this series, brought to you by Zoetis, the subject is flexion tests and why your vet might perform one.

It’s not always easy to tell exactly where a horse is sore or lame. And because the horse certainly can’t tell us, your veterinarian might want to perform a flexion test to help pinpoint the source of the problem.

These are done in different ways depending on the leg and joints involved, but the basic idea is to isolate a region of the leg and observe how the horse responds to having it flexed. This will give your veterinarian more information in his quest for the correct diagnosis.

Watch our video, brought to you by Zoetis, to learn more about this important diagnostic tool–including which tests work best in which locations and when it might help to do a flexion test in conjunction with a nerve block.

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