Hagyard Sport Horse

    When hard work, training and experience come together in the world of a performance horse, the result is success. When they come together in equine veterinary medicine, the result is the Hagyard Sport Horse Program.   jumper

    Hagyard Sport Horse Program’s team-based whole-horse approach takes advantage of in-house specialists, including sport horse veterinarians, acupuncturists, chiropractors and podiatrists, to provide the same level of excellent care to show horse athletes that we have long provided the racing and breeding industries. Made up of dedicated practitioners who grew up in the world of equestrian sport, our Sport Horse doctors understand the demands that each discipline places on the equine athlete.

    From designing and implementing vaccination and deworming schedules customized for each of your horses to working with you on long-term health and performance goals, Hagyard’s Sport Horse veterinarians will work with you in whatever capacity you choose. 

    As a Hagyard client, your horse can benefit from a wide array of therapies and modalities, including state-of-the-art imaging such as nuclear scintigraphy and a 1.5 Tesla MRI and the latest in regenerative medicine. We will come to you or you can trailer in to the Hagyard Sport Horse facility, which includes a covered ring for lameness exams, day stalls, a climate-controlled procedures room and a podiatry center.  lameness jog

    Whether you are competing at training level or grand prix, we pledge to bring you exactly what you demand from your horse and yourself: Excellence ... because Hagyard cares.



    To schedule an appointment with a Hagyard Sport Horse veterinarian, please contact us at (859) 255-8741.


    Pre-Purchase Examinations

    The objective is to perform a risk assessment examination for the buyer in relation to the general health and athletic soundness of the horse for sale. The examination will help to ascertain any pre-existing problem or any potential problem that may affect future ability of the horse to excel in the desired discipline. The exam addresses concerns seen at that specific moment in time. This examination covers an extensive physical that assesses numerous body systems with additional focus on the musculoskeletal system with hoof testers, palpation, flexion tests, movement evaluation on different surfaces and frequently ridden evaluation. Additional diagnostic procedures including radiography, ultrasonography, upper airway endoscopy, nuclear scintigraphy and MRI are available at the buyer’s option. Medication testing, blood chemistry and other requested laboratory work can be provided.

    Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

    A variety of musculoskeletal conditions benefit from extracorporeal shockwave therapy. Chronic pain and lameness are treated with high energy sound waves transmitted to the affected area. Focused shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that can be used in the standing horse under mild sedation. Conditions such as suspensory ligament problems, back soreness, caudal heel foot pain, hock osteoarthritis are some of the injuries that may benefit from treatment.

    Stem Cell Therapy

    Autologous and allogeneic stem cells are available for treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions that involve tendons, ligaments and joints. This may involve collections of bone marrow or fat (adipose-derived) that is then processed/purified/cultured and re-injected into the damaged tissue area. Stem cells can be injected for regional perfusion or locally to aid the body in repairing an injured condition. This technology can be combined with other regenerative therapies and a well-supervised rehabilitation program in order to provide optimal “functional healing”. This gives the horse the best chance to achieve athletic success post-injury.

    Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP)

    This is a therapy for the treatment of joint or tendon sheath inflammation that may not respond to medication, rest or other conventional therapy. It uses the patient’s own blood to produce a serum concentrated with regenerative and anti-inflammatory proteins. These proteins are then injected into the synovial cavity to combat the inflammation. Allergic or anaphylactic side effects are drastically reduced due to the fact that the treatment serum is completely derived from the treated horse.

    Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

    For the equine athlete suffering from ligament or tendon fiber injuries, platelet rich plasma offers a therapy that is derived from the patient’s own regenerative abilities. Blood from the horse is collected and centrifuged to concentrate blood platelets and a variety of growth factors. These are then injected directly into the injury of the tendon or ligament. This serum matrix aids the body to produce a more correct healing and recovery from the insult.

    Ultrasound-Guided Injection

    A technique to more precisely deliver treatment to the appropriate region, ultrasound-guided injection is particularly important for areas of the neck, back and sacroiliac area. USGI utilized high quality ultrasound to visualize the anatomical structure to be treated. Needles are placed along the plane of visualization to the desired spot and then medication can be administered. This optimizes precision of therapy and can be used for tendon, ligament, joint and bone injuries.