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Flexion test of rear limb, horse
Flexion test of rear limb, horse

    This full limb flexion test is frequently called the spavin test because the hock is a common source of pain when this test is positive. This test can also accentuate problems in the stifle and hip joints and some ligaments and tendons. The limb is flexed for 30–60 seconds and the horse is trotted away from the examiner to determine whether lameness is created or accentuated.

Courtesy of Dr. Stephen Adams.