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Why choose Murrieta Equine?

Our specialty is lameness diagnostics. With an accurate diagnosis we are able to provide specific treatments and rehabilitation programs.

Our treatment options include a variety of affordable Stem Cell procedures as well as standard treatment protocols.

Appointments are available at two locations:  Murrieta Equine in Murrieta CA and Prescott Animal Hospital (Equine Clinic).

Additionally, we provide the following services:

* Complete Preventive Care:

--Tailored vaccination and deworming programs.

  • Interstate health certificates & Coggins testing.
  • Purchase examinations.
  • Internal Medicine: colic diagnostics & medical treatments, respiratory disorders etc.
  •  Outpatient surgeries: lacerations, castrations, ophthalmic, reconstructive etc.

What Our Clients Say

  • Love Doc Hoge! He is a very caring and compassionate vet, while being extremely detail oriented and honest. His knowledge of lameness and it's treatment is "top of the game current" and he is willing to share and educate his client through the vetting process. Thank you Doc for all of your help and support with my gelding Tego. You are the best :)

    AH, Facebook Review
  • Dr. spent all day with my horse and I. He was very thorough and patient. My cares and concerns were were addressed beyond expectation. It's refreshing to know there are still kind caring compassionate vets still out there and he's definitely the best !

    HL, Facebook Review
  • Thanks to Dr. Hoge my OTTB 8 year gelding 'Riley' is getting a second chance at LIFE!! Dr. Hoge's second opinion and referral was critical in helping us move forward with saving my horse via surgery at Chino Valley Equine Hospital with Dr. Fischer last week. Thank you so much Dr. Hoge!!

    TK, Facebook Review

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Latest From Our Murrieta Equine Blog


Case 2, Hock Lameness


Gelding Y is a five- year old Quarter Horse, use is upper level Barrel Racing.  Recently he has refused to enter the arena, will not rate the 2nd and 3rd barrel (right turn), he elevates his head and does not “fire” when coming out of the turn.


  • Note that a baseline examination three months earlier was negative for any lameness.
  • All palpations and motion ranges were unremarkable.
  • Lowgrade right hind limb lameness is observed in a trotted straight line and clockwise circle.
  • The lameness did not change after blocking below the hock and markedly improved after blocking the nerves above the hock.
  • After the RH lameness was blocked out, there was a lowgrade LH limb lameness.



  • Arthritic changes of both hocks, both lower joints (Rt. > Lt).
  • Central Tarsal bone changes. 


  • The hock arthritis was addressed with corticosteroids injected into the two lower hock joints (radiographic needle position confirmation of the middle joint).
  • A systemic dose of Tildren was administered to address the bone changes.

Results:  There was no lameness improvement 6 weeks after the treatment, but if a low dose of Banamine was given prior to competition, no issues were noted and the performance was competitive.


Continued Diagnostics: MRI 

Diagnosis:  Severe Bone Bruise (Edema) in addition to the Arthritis.

Treatment Options:

  1. Continue to compete and administer Banamine.
  2. 3-6 month period of non-athletic exercise should allow for a complete recovery.





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