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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 Report



Whiz is a nine year-old Quarter Horse gelding that competes in Reining.



Whiz was acutely lame in the left forelimb three months ago.  The attending veterinarian diagnosed a possible sole abscess.  After two weeks there was no improvement and no signs of an abscess.  Radiographs of the left fore limb were normal.  After two months, Whiz was exercised and the lameness returned.


  • Examination of the LF limb was unremarkable, the response to hoof testers, palpations and flexions were normal.
  • The lameness is grade 2/5 in a trotted straight line and counterclockwise circle and grade 1/5 in the clockwise circle.


The lameness markedly improved after blocking the coffin joint.

Ultrasound Examination: 

There is a moderate tear of the deep digital flexor tendon’s lateral lobe, at the level of the navicular bone.

Take Home Messages:

  • Approximately 50% of distal fore limb lameness have a primary or secondary soft tissue component. 
  • An ultrasound examination with full knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics should precede an MRI.
  • Most acute soft tissue injuries have the capacity to heal. 
  • When horses with undiagnosed soft tissue injuries continue to exercise, receive medications to “help” the pain, the lesion often becomes more extensive and the chance of recovery is less.





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