Equine Sports Medicine & Lameness Evaluations in New Jersey

Sport medicine has always been at the heart of B.W. Furlong & Associates, with Dr. Furlong having served as the US 3-Day Eventing team veterinarian for five Olympic Games, multiple world championships, and several Pan-American Games. Doctors Leich, Mullin, Casinella, Henriksen, Gold, Copenhagen, and J. Furlong have also served as team veterinarians in eventing, show jumping, dressage, driving, para dressage, and vaulting.

Our team in Oldwick, NJ and Ocala, FL are dedicated to providing year round advanced care and a range of services to the equine athlete. These services are also offered seasonally in Wellington, FL, Middleburg, VA, and select major events.

Pre-Purchase Examinations

Prior to the investment of purchasing a new horse, a complete pre-purchase examination is highly recommended. The format can be tailored to the individual needs of the client This includes but is not limited to a thorough physical examination from head to tail and a performance evaluation in hand, under saddle or on a lunge line. Imaging, digital radiography, is encouraged to establish a baseline of skeletal findings.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, reproductive exam and upper airway endoscopies are among additional ancillary procedures available.

Prepurchase Exam
Black Horse Walking

Lameness Evaluations

Lameness exams can be performed at the farm, event, or at our clinic. The exam consists of an in-depth evaluation of the horse, focusing on performance, history and rider/trainer feedback. The horse is observed in hand, on the lunge, and often under saddle. If lameness is evident, the source of lameness can be localized via diagnostic analgesia (nerve blocks). Imaging modalities are further utilized to help determine lameness and performance causes.

Imaging Modalities

  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonography
  • Standing MRI
  • Nuclear Scintigraphy (Bone Scan)
  • Gait Analysis (Lameness Locator)

Once a diagnosis has been reached, the appropriate therapy can be initiated. The patient will be prescribed an appropriate rehabilitation program to facilitate an appropriate return to work.

Offered Therapies

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • ProStride
  • Stem Cell Treatments
  • IRAP
  • Regenerative Laser Therapy
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Referral to Furlong’s Soundness Center
  • Referral for orthopedic surgery