Rainbow Equine Hospital is the largest fully-equipped RCVS Tier 3 Equine Referral Hospital in the North East. We offer the most advanced diagnostic and surgical techniques in state-of-the-art facilities, and are staffed with progressive specialists in equine soft-tissue and orthopaedic surgery, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging.




The most advanced diagnostic and surgical services in continually updated state-of-the-art facilities.



Mobile team of equine-only vets with over 70 years of combined equine experience. The best primary care for your horse!


Supporting veterinary practices and trainers across the North with an extensive range of in-house services and advice on more specialist analyses.



Purpose-built fertility unit featuring 23 spacious stables, 2 foaling boxes, 24-hour CCTV monitoring and a large rubber-floored examination area with mare stocks for safe gynaecological examinations.


Mountie's story, 1 year on

In November 2015 Mountie was referred to Rainbow for investigation of a severe foot lameness. Nerve blocks showed that the pain was coming from the back of his foot and an MRI scan was performed to find out more. The MRI scan showed a tear in the deep digital flexor tendon within the pouch of fluid at the back of the foot. This pouch was also enlarged and inflamed.

Mountie was treated with strict rest and remedial farriery using the Michael Vaillant rocking wedge support shoe to unload the tendon. Unfortunately, over the course of the next 8 weeks there was no improvement and a decision was made to look inside the bursa and examine the tendon using key hole surgery (bursoscopy) under general anaesthesia. At surgery the torn fibres from the tendon were removed and the surface of the tendon was smoothed to reduce inflammation. The pressure in the bursa was reduced by making a communication into the tendon sheath to let the fluid out.
Mountie recovered well and had a 6-month period of rehabilitation and continued remedial farriery. He is now to be seen galloping across stubble fields with a very happy Laura who had thought she might not be able to ride him again.

So much has changed in this area in the last few years. MRI scans are now accepted as a vital part of lameness examinations and with their use we have discovered and learnt how to treat a range of conditions. Previously many of these conditions would all have been described as “navicular syndrome” and would often have been left untreated or would have been treated incorrectly. We now have someone in the hospital specialising in imaging techniques including MRI to work with the other vets to get state of the art pictures and enable them to make the right decisions for your horse. It’s all about team-work and as veterinary science moves on we are ever more thankful that we have a large and experienced group of specialists so that we can take advantage of the latest developments.

We look forward to hearing about your first competition Laura!
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