Equine Sports Medicine

Horse jumping with rider on its back

Equine Sports Medicine provides a vital role for today’s equine athletes. Injuries can occur as the horse is asked to perform to the best of its ability. The Piper Equine Hospital can help to keep your horse to peak performance by providing surgical and medical treatment options by board-certified specialists.

Lameness Services

Lameness Services

  • Accurately pinpoint the problem and design a solution using the most advanced diagnostic equipment in the Midwest. Our imaging capabilities are unsurpassed.
  • Medical imaging services include: Standing CT, Standing MRI, 3Tesla MRI, 64 slice CT, Digital Radiography, Nuclear Scintigraphy, Ultrasound
  • Complete passive (palpation) and active (trotting, lunging, flexion tests, blocks, etc.) lameness exams by experience clinicians

Force plate analysis

Use of scientifically validated treatments and state of the art treatments such as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, Interleukin -1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP), , Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections


Surgery Services

Surgery Services

Our surgeons are board certified or board eligible.  We provide soft tissue, orthopedic, routine and emergency services.

  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Upper Airway Surgery

Respiratory and Poor Performance Evaluation

Respiratory and Poor Performance Evaluation

We take the guesswork out of breathing issues.  Early Intervention can prevent permanent damage.  Our experts have the tools, the time and the experience to get to the bottom of your horse’s respiratory or poor performance problems.  We provide solutions to help you both breathe easier by pinpointing the cause and designing the appropriate treatment.

For other causes of poor performance we can perform:

  • Exercising EKG evaluations
  • Overground Endoscopy
  • Echocardiography
  • High-Speed Treadmill Evaluations
  • Muscle biopsy/Diagnosis
  • Genetic Testing

Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services

We can addresses post injury management to tendons, ligaments, bone, muscle and post-operative surgeries in an effort to get your horse to return to normal function as possible, as quickly as possible.  At the Piper Equine Hospital, we are able to offer diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation all in one location.

Services include

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Shock Wave Therapy
  • Laser
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic

Contact information

Call: 612-625-6700

A referral is not required but it is necessary to make an appointment


Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 

24 hours/day, 7 days/week

Please call in advance of arrival.

Our Location

1801 Dudley Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

What to expect

At the time of the appointment we will direct you to arrive at one of the two sites:

Piper Equine Hospital
1801 Dudley Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Large Animal Hospital
1352 Boyd Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Helpful resources:

What to expect packet
About Your Medical Team

What to bring:

  • If your horse is insured, please bring the policy number and contact information for the agent/insurer.
  • If your animal has had previous radiographs, it can be very useful to bring those.
  • Wwe may ask you to bring your tack.
  • If your animal is staying with us, bring any medications or special feed they are being given.
  • Our evaluations are thorough and can take time. You may want to bring a good book or electronic device (wireless is available in the lobby)
  • Please leave other pets at home unless they can stay in the truck/trailer.