We offer a high-quality service to all competitive and non-competitive horses at Willinga Park. Varying from thoroughbreds, camp drafting, polo-cross, polo, cutting, reining, showing to show jumping, dressage and eventing.

Services provided include:

• Stud Medicine / Reproduction
• Semen Collections
• Lameness Investigation and Treatment
• Routine Surgery
• Digital Radiography
• Digital Ultrasonography
• Video-endoscopy
• Dentistry
• Foal Medicine and Surgery

Lameness Investigations

Lameness evaluations can be challenging at times and may sometimes require detailed and time-consuming examinations if to be performed thoroughly. Clinical examinations are often continued with nerve blocks, joint and/or tendon sheath blocks and diagnostic imaging such as X-rays and ultrasound. In some cases we may need to refer your horse for a bone scan (scintigraphy) or MRI.

Surgery

Foaling injuries, such as perineal lacerations, rectovaginal fistula or cervical lacerations are not uncommon in large breeding populations. We routinely perform surgery in the standing patient to reconstruct the normal anatomy of the urogenital tract. Other surgeries performed related to the reproductive tract are the removal of ovaries from mares with ovarian tumours or related behavioural changes. In male horses we frequently perform procedures to treat common tumours of the penis (squamous cell carcinoma) or breeding injuries.

Other Surgeries Performed are:

• Vasectomy for teaser stallions
• Cryptorchid (rig) surgery; removing testicles, which have not descended into the scrotum

General surgeries routinely performed are:

• Castrations
• Umbilical / Inguinal Hernias
• Surgery of the Head Incl. Sinus Cysts, Dental Infections, Mandibular fractures
• Epiglottic Entrapment
• Sequestrum removal
• Fractured splint bone removal
• Joint and tendon sheath flushes

Foal surgery includes entropion correction, periostal strips, umbilical and scrotal hernia repair, ruptured bladder repair, joint flushes. Certain cases presented or diagnosed require surgery that we are not able to perform. In these cases we will refer the horse to a specialist surgeon, or invite a specialist surgeon to Willinga Park. This way we can ensure that we are able to give all horses in our care access to the highest degree of proficiency in the complete range of surgical services.

Foal Condition and Conformation

The development from foal to yearling into a correct sound healthy animal with minimal interruption is the ultimate aim of every horse breeder. Unfortunately from the moment of conception, during gestation and the period around foaling, a fast number of challenges can affect the mare and foal in utero compromising a straightforward start of life. Once born, the foal starting with no significant immune system, will have to find its feet quickly assuring a healthy intake of quality colostrum. Potential exposure to infectious diseases such as Rota Virus, Salmonella, Rhodococcus Equi (rattles), Streptococcus Equi (strangles), tetanus or worm burden can seriously jeopardise the foal’s growth and hindering it from reaching its potential.

Conformational problems including flexural and angular limb deformities, foot imbalances can be managed in the majority of cases by regular assessment, good communication between client, veterinary surgeon and farrier. Leaving only a small percentage of foals requiring corrective surgery. Regular inspections and assessments, monitoring the foal’s growth, condition and changing conformation will assist in managing the foal’s development allowing a smooth transition into a well balanced weanling and yearling.

Our team has a wealth of experience and knowledge between them. We provide a comprehensive service for breeders, from conception through pregnancy to birth and beyond.

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