Respect the Equine Athlete
Achieving optimum health and performance while always respecting the horse’s welfare, as they are under our professional care.
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Through an holistic approach, we partner with you to understand your goals and challenges so we can best advise your choice on the right horse and work with you to achieve optimum health and performance throughout your journey.
Poor performance is often caused by lameness which can lead to early retirement in your athlete. At Sydney Equine we will do what is required to accurately identify the problem. We perform an extensive lameness examination in your horse’s own environment.
At Sydney Equine we provide a full prepurchase examination service (5 stage vetting) at the horse’s stable. Sydney Equine regularly performs prepurchase examinations which meet export criteria for the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC). Our prepurchase examinations are tailored to individual clients’ requirements with the intention being to accurately evaluate the health of the horse, identify existing and potential problems and interpret these findings in the context of the animals intended use.
A thorough clinical examination followed by a gait analysis is the basis of the prepurchase exam. Additional tests may then be recommended or requested such as a blood profile, an upper airway endoscopic examination, digital radiographs and ultrasonography. We provide a full verbal and written report advising any findings and limitations with professional opinions.
It is important that clients are aware that the purpose of the prepurchase examination is not to determine the overall suitability of the animal as this is buyers responsibility. The decision to buy the horse should take into account the results of the prepurchase examination, the financial investment required and the suitability of the horse to perform the intended job.
Sydney Equine is equipped with the latest imaging equipment in order to obtain a full set of high quality radiographs as per current sales (Inglis & Magic Millions) criteria. These radiographs will then be submitted to the specific sales repository on the clients behalf. A report of any radiographic findings is provided to the client. These radiographs are then available via the sales dedicated websites for other registered veterinarians to view over the internet or on site.
Survey radiographs are also offered well ahead of the sales to assess your weanling/yearling ahead of time so appropriate management can be instituted. Talk to our equine veterinarians today about your foal, weanling or yearling so as an appropriate management strategy can be implemented.
Thoroughbred Yearling Sales Inspections
Our highly experienced sales veterinarians are available to clinically assess your short list along with reviewing and assessing radiographs and video endoscopic studies placed in the sales repositories. We can then advise on the suitability of specific horses at the sales for potential buyers.
Poor Performance Investigations
At Sydney Equine we recognise that poor performance in horses can be the result of a variety of causes, including physiology, nutrition, psychology and pathology. Our veterinarians are thorough and persistent when dealing with poor performance cases, to ensure that nothing is overlooked, and all possible causes are investigated. We have the equipment and expertise to identify, treat and /or manage a wide range of factors that can cause poor performance.
Our team of dedicated equine veterinarians can service all aspects of thoroughbred stud medicine. We offer 24/7 cover for stud emergencies. Sydney Equine adopts a ‘breeding to race’ approach for our studs, providing services for each stage of development. We aim to achieve optimal pregnancy rates, offering advice on overall herd health and providing veterinary advice for weanling and yearling preparations.
Routine Surgery (Castrations)
While we are an ambulatory only practice all our veterinarians are trained in routine surgery including wound debridement and repair, castration (including uncomplicated undescended testicles), caslick, simple tooth removal and hernia repair in foals.
Your horse’s teeth, if not regularly attended to can be a cause for poor performance in your horse. A dentistry examination is imperative for overall health. A comprehensive examination consists of sedating the horse and placing a gag in your horses mouth where the teeth can then be examined. From there we can decide if we need to remove any sharp edges with a power float or further explore any tooth pathology. Dental examinations should be conducted yearly and sometimes more frequently for older or specific patients.