New Equine Exercise Scope


At GCEC we have recently aquired the latest in upper airway diagnostics – the Equine Exercise Endoscope.  This new scope allows examination and observation of the upper airways of the horse whilst it is performing at high speed.  This allows us to diagnose upper airway problames such as dorsal displacement of the soft palate and laryngeal hemiplegia (roarer) much more accurately.

It will be especially useful with horses that are making a noise whilst working but nothing can be found on “normal” scoping at rest.  The new scope will also be useful in pre-purchase situations for extra peace of mind when purchasing a performance horse.  For more information on the scope please click on the link below or contact the clinic.

Dynamic Respiratory Endoscopy – New Equine Exercise Endoscope allows more accurate diagnosis of upper airway conditions.

Is your horse making a respiratory noise and suffering a decrease in performance?  If so this new scope might provide some answers.

Obstructive conditions of the larynx in horses can cause turbulence of airflow resulting in noise during exercise which often results in poor performance. Unfortunately, many of these conditions only occur during exercise and are unable to be diagnosed during routine endoscopic examination at rest.

At GCEC we have recently purchased the Equine Exercise Endoscope which is the latest and most advanced diagnostic modality in upper respiratory endoscopy. The “dynamic scope” allows us to examine the horse’s upper respiratory system whilst it is performing and under stress. It therefore more closely simulates performance conditions and allows us to determine the cause of respiratory noise and the resulting poor performance. For example, using a dynamic scope we can examine a Thoroughbred at a full gallop, a Standardbred can be evaluated pulling a cart and a performance horse can be assessed in an arena under saddle or whilst jumping.

The scope (which is attached to its own head collar), is inserted into the horse’s nostril and positioned in the nasopharynx to visualise the opening of the larynx. The head collar is attached to the horse over the existing bridle that it is wearing. The device records a video during exercise allowing us to review the movement of the larynx. The video can help to identify a variety of abnormalities specific to the upper respiratory tract that may be affecting your horse’s performance. Some of these disorders include dorsal displacement of the soft palate, laryngeal hemiplegia (roarer) and vocal fold collapse.

Normal Larynx
Dorsal Displacement of the Soft Palate

If you would like to know more about the Equine Exercise Endoscope, or if you have a horse which you think could benefit from it, please call the clinic to talk to one of our vets.