Lameness in horses is a term used to describe the horse’s gait being adversely affected by pain or a restriction in the typical range of movement. The pain or restriction can originate in the hoof, in the leg or elsewhere in the horse’s body, such as the back or neck. It can range from a subtle change in gait, to the horse being unable to carry any weight on the affected limb. Lameness has been identified as the most common reason for older horses to be put down.

How to trot your horse up for a lameness examination