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A comprehensive examination is recommended if your horse begins to behave uncharacteristically.

Dr. Moretta examines a patient.

Wellington Equine Sports Medicine offers diagnostic imaging, one method in their tool kit to find the source of the issue.

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Is Your Horse Naughty or in Pain?

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Wellington Equine Sports Medicine
Release Date: 2015-11-06

The Wellington Equine Sports Medicine Team
Evaluates the Entire Horse with their Team Approach
Wellington, FL - Nov. 6, 2015 -  Equine athletes in work can exhibit behavior that runs the gamut from quiet and accommodating to fresh and down-right rowdy. But if your once-willing partner has become uncooperative and resistant, it may be time to call Wellington Equine Sports Medicine.

If your horse refuses to go forward, will not stand at the mounting block, runs backward, bucks and rears, there may be something physically wrong. The kindest and most docile sport horses may transform overnight exhibiting difficult and dangerous behaviors because they are in pain. If your horse suddenly has difficulty performing movements that used to be easy, such as flying changes and lateral work, runs out at jumps or changes his jumping style, pain may be the cause. For the owner, trainer and rider it can be frustrating and puzzling.

"I was concerned when one of my hunter pony moms called," said Wellington Equine Sports Medicine co-founder Anne Moretta, VMD MS. "She asked me to come look at her 8-year-old daughter's pony. Instead of being a steady packer, she complained that he was suddenly carrying his head high at the trot and would try to buck her daughter off when asked to pick up the canter. Within three weeks of my comprehensive exam, treatment, and rehabilitation strengthening exercises, the pony was 'smiling' again and winning his pony hunter classes." 

An accurate and comprehensive diagnosis is essential when your horse starts unexpectedly acting out with uncharacteristic behavior. The practitioners at Wellington Equine Sports Medicine provide comprehensive lameness and biomechanical evaluations to locate the source of the horse's pain. Regardless of where an injury or lameness presents itself, the practitioners at Wellington Equine Sports Medicine believe it is important to evaluate the entire horse.

"I enjoy looking at complex performance problems using a traditional and complementary approach to
find the source of pain or bad behavior," Dr. Moretta said. "Acupuncture and spinal manipulation enhances my traditional diagnostic and treatment strategies."
Wellington Equine Sports Medicine offers advanced diagnostic imaging to identify the particular issue and they medically evaluate specific performance issues. They also offer diagnostic acupuncture and spinal manipulation, when appropriate, to help isolate and clarify a problem. A precise diagnosis is critical to determining appropriate individual treatment and rehabilitation protocols.
Wellington Equine Sports Medicine was founded by two accomplished equine veterinarians and an equine rehabilitation specialist. Anne Moretta, VMD MS, a past president of Florida Association of Equine Practitioners (FAEP) has over 35 years of diversified experience in equine sports medicine including advanced acupuncture training. Suzan Oakley, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Equine), also a former president of FAEP, is a certified member of The International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) and is often a presenter at workshops for advanced diagnostic imaging. Shelia Schils, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the field of equine rehabilitation and developer of the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) in horses for injury rehabilitation and prevention. They blend their expertise with one overarching goal-to keep equine athletes happy and performing at their peak.

"Horse care and management is a very intricate puzzle," said Marcia Kulak, international three-day event rider and trainer based in Scotia, New York and Wellington, Florida. "I was impress

Their comprehensive, proven, scientific, approach allows Wellington Equine Sports Medicine to diagnose complex lameness issues that are not visible to the inexperienced eye. They combine the latest in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation­-an essential step, often missed in equine care­. They work to get to the root of performance issues, rather than simply treating the symptoms.

The Wellington Equine Sports Medicine team philosophy provides a cohesive treatment plan from initial diagnosis, selection of the latest treatment options and the development of rehabilitation protocols. They encourage connecting with their clients' regular veterinarian and support team to keep the equine athlete working at peak performance.

Wellington Equine Sports Medicine offers specialized care to dressage, hunter/jumper, polo and Western sport horses in Wellington and beyond.


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