Equine Medicine

Call or come in and see us to book an appointment or see the vet.


Our practice is lucky to have two highly trained and skilled equine dentists, Ray Lenaghan and Margaret Leyland.

Horses require regular treatment to “float” (level) the sharp edges that develop as a result of grain feeding. As well as this, periodontal disease is a common problem which, if untreated, leads to further tooth disease which can sometimes require extractions.

Ray and Margaret have all the latest equipment to be able to examine and treat all these conditions and provide the backup that only a Veterinarian is able to.

Artificial Insemination

(Unfortunately, not allowed for thoroughbred breeding)

If you are looking to breed your mare, artificial insemination should be considered as it has a number of advantages over natural mating;

  • Your mare does not have to be sent away to stud
  • There is less chance of injury or spread of disease
  • You have the choice of an enormous range of stallions within New Zealand or overseas
  • Better chance of getting some difficult mares in foal
  • The stud will arrange the semen collection and the best way of getting it to you depending whether it is fresh, chilled or frozen.

We look after the semen storage and handling at the mare end and time the insemination to correspond with ovulation. A number of ultrasound examinations of the mare’s genital tract will be required.

Pre-purchase Exam

An important part of the horse industry, whether it be racing, eventing, show jumping, dressage or just pleasure riding, is the sale and purchase of horses.

Before the sale goes through, many purchasers request a pre-purchase examination (PPE), sometimes because there is a large sum involved or just for peace of mind.

Veterinarians work to a set protocol when we examine a horse for sale. There are five stages to the full examination, but the purchaser can decide what stages they wish to be carried out. The usual is stages one and two or stages one to five. Extra procedures can also be carried out such as x-ray, ultrasound, endoscope and blood tests. A full explanation is available in our Resource Centre.

Pre-purchase examinations are not easy, and an experienced veterinarian with special training is required to not only detect problems, but assess their significance, taking into account the proposed use, be it a child’s pony or a ready to race thoroughbred.

We have veterinarians registered to carry out PPE’s. Contact our clinic for more information.

Medicine / Surgery

The horse is an amazing animal. Over the last few million years it has evolved on the prairies and tundra of North America to have tremendous explosive speed, strength, enormous heart and lungs, a digestive system to breakdown fibre and an extra-large eye positioned to see any creature that might be sneaking up.

Like any finely tuned piece of machinery, sometimes things can go wrong. We are here to help you when your horse or pony has a problem, such as;

  • Treatment of wounds
  • Attending colic or choke
  • Limb injuries, sprains and fractures
  • Dental health
  • Neurological problems
  • Breeding issues
  • Diseases

To assist us and your horse we can provide:

  • Vaccinations e.g. Tetanus, Strangles
  • Digital x-rays – at the clinic or in the field
  • Endoscopic examinations of the respiratory tract
  • Ultrasound of soft tissues
  • Blood tests