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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


Lameness Pain


Why Lameness (pain) due to Stifle Joint pathology can be difficult to diagnose.

Abnormal bone development can occur before maturity and not present itself as lameness until early training or mid-career.  The size of the bone (cartilage) defect, discipline and training methods can influence when and to what degree the lameness occurs.  Some individuals adapt and no lameness occurs.

Often with early stifle lameness the radiographs are normal as well as scintigraphy (bone scan) because the early lesion primarily involves the cartilage.

Arthroscopic picture of the end of the femur (medial femoral condyle), illustrating the abnormal cartilage appearing like “floating white grass” instead of its normal smooth glass like appearance.  This horses stifle radiographs were normal.

Consider The Following:

  • Stifle lameness does not always cause joint swelling.
  • Early in the disease process the lameness is often only recognized as a poor performance during high speed maneuvers and can be confused with proximal suspensory, lower back and or SI pain.
  • No response of the primary complaint after routine hock maintenance.
  • Commonly but not always, stifle lameness is more vivid when the involved limb is on the outside of the circle.


  • After the lameness from the hock and below has been eliminated as the source of pain, even if the stifle radiographs are within normal, block the stifle.
  • When blocking the stifle joints (3), an ultrasound -guided technique is preferred for consistent accuracy.  It can take up to an hour before the block can change the lameness.

Prognosis For Stifle Lesions:

  • The prognosis improves with early detection.
  • The accuracy of the diagnosis dictates the treatment and prognosis.
  • Intraarticular corticosteroids and continued exercise often decrease the prognosis.



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