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Lameness Evaluation and Treatment

Rainbow is the best equipped private equine hospital in the North.

Lameness Team

Our team of orthopaedic specialists work with the most advanced imaging modalities to ensure that the most complex of cases can be diagnosed and treated. Diagnostic imaging is a vital part of the process of diagnosis and having a specialist in this area working on site ensures accuracy and meticulous attention to detail so that we can be confident that nothing is missed.

Lameness referrals are investigated and treated by Jonathan Anderson BVM&S DipACVS MRCVS, Rachel Agass Bsc BVetMed Dip ECVS MRCVS or Moses Brennan BVSc CertES(Orth) MRCVS who all boast a wealth of experience with equine referral practice. They are supported by Jonathon Dixon BVetMed MVetMed DipECVDI MRCVS who specialises in veterinary diagnostic imaging.


The 5 acre site boasts three hard straight line trot up sections, an undercover trot up area, 2 non slip hard lunging and 2 soft lunging menages.  In addition a full size sand and rubber arena enables ridden evaluation to be performed as part of lameness and poor performance evaluation.

Our orthopaedic nurses are always on hand to trot up and lunge horses enabling you to observe the investigation.

The use of the Equigait lameness system allows more complex or subtle lamenesses to be detected and assessed giving us additional accuracy to detect changes in gait.


We are at the forefront of medical and biological therapeutic intervention.  From medication to remedial farriery to surgical intervention the orthopaedic team at Rainbow are  highly specialised and experienced to bring the most effective and appropriate treatments for your horse.

Class IV laser therapy, Shockwave therapy, mesotherapy, PRP, IRAP and the latest joint medications including polyacrylamide gels, anabolic steroids enable the specialists to make the right choice for the right condition at the most appropriate time.

Follow Up

Helping you every step of the way….

Discharges and a full report with recommendations for you and your own vet

Ongoing treatment and follow up where required and advice from your specialist

General admission information

Lameness admission information