Tests or procedures used by your vet to determine what is wrong with your horse, in order to reach a diagnosis.

Cost: $100 to $500

These cost ranges are approximate and may vary from region to region.
Additional charges may also apply.


Radiography, X-ray, Fetlock or Pastern

Cost: $100 to $500

These cost ranges are approximate and may vary from region to region.
Additional charges may also apply.


Fetlock or pastern radiographs are a standard diagnostic used in lameness exams. The bones that make up the pastern and fetlock joints tend to be very reactive to injury. Even minor injuries tend to be visible on radiographs. The lack of soft tissue mass means that radiographic images can be very detailed, yielding very useful information.

Radiography of the pastern and fetlock is usually performed after nerve or joint blocks. Typically, in this series four to five radiographs are taken of each fetlock or pastern from different angles. The bony structures and joints are then evaluated.

Why A Vet Chooses This Diagnostic

High quality radiographs of the fetlock or pastern provide valuable information regarding the bony structures within this area. Even if there are no obvious issues in this area at the time, radiographs may provide a useful baseline for future comparison.


We are becoming increasingly aware of conditions affecting soft tissues in this area that are not captured in radiographic images.

Additional diagnostics that are better able to visualize soft tissue injuries or abnormalities may be necessary.

your role

Questions To Ask Your Vet:
  • Will these radiographs change the treatment you will perform today?
  • Will the results alter the prognosis?
  • How much will the radiographs cost?
  • I have old radiographs, can we look at those instead or in combination with these?

further reading & resources


Brand Name Products

Equine health related brand name products and services.

  • Sound™ Vet Inc.
    NEXT Equine DR™
    The Evolution of Equine Digital Radiography
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    Sound™ is the veterinary industry's largest and most trusted source for X Ray, Ultrasound, Digital Radiography, Radiation Therapy Equipment, PACS - Distributed Imaging Solutions, Telemedicine, Advanced Imaging Tools, Imaging Solutions Support & Technician Training.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP