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|Distal Limb Neurectomy of Horses|
Distal Limb Neurectomy of Horses
Policy type: Policy
Distal limb neurectomy may be recommended and performed when other treatments have failed to correct the problem and the veterinarian’s professional opinion is that neurectomy is the only appropriate treatment for the existing clinical condition.
Surgical neurectomy is performed on horses suffering from chronic foot disease and where there is no response to corrective shoeing, medical therapy or other surgical procedures. Because neurectomy can result in proprioceptive and sensory complications, it is used when euthanasia is the only alternative.
In New Zealand, Thoroughbred Racing New Zealand, Harness Racing New Zealand, and the Equestrian Sport New Zealand deem it illegal to use a neurectomised horse for competition.
The decision to perform neurectomy, the potential post-operative sequelae, the rules of the appropriate body, and the required post-surgical management should be fully discussed with the owner prior to the procedure being performed. Ongoing veterinary checks are recommended.
Snyder JR. (2005) Selected lameness conditions in the performance horse. 27th Bain Fallon Memorial Lecture Series Proceedings.