Classic Equine LLC | Dr. Kirk Johnson, DVM | Ada, MI | Equine Services
Classic Equine is a full-service equine veterinary facility located in Ada, MI, under the ownership of Dr. Kirk Johnson, DVM. Classic Equine combines knowledge and compassion to care for your horses.
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Equine Services

Comprehensive Veterinary Services with a Special Interest in Lameness Diagnostics

Emergency Services:

Classic Equine has a doctor on call 24/7. Our emergency line is 616-292-1168. Whether it be a laceration, colic, surgery, etc. our doctors are fully equipped to manage your horse’s needs. If needed, we are able to refer them for hospitalization at our clinic where they can be monitored in person and/or via camera by our veterinarians and experienced staff.

Pre Purchase Exams

We provide a quality in depth exam to make sure you are and educated buyer.  We thoroughly evaluate all body systems.  The exam generally takes about 90 minutes plus additional time allocated to any radiographic evaluation necessary. We also have a lameness locator that we can add to the soundness portion of the exam. You will receive a detailed report of everything evaluated, plus video coverage of soundness portion of exam if requested and emailed radiographs if taken.  This info can be sent to the purchaser’s personal veterinarian if desired.

Advanced Lameness Diagnostics

Adjacent to our primary clinic is our large indoor arena, great for lameness exams in any weather at all times of the year.  Extensive lameness knowledge coupled with advanced modalities ensures a thorough exam.  Some advanced modalities used are thermography, regional anesthetic, digital radiography, and musculoskeletal ultrasonography.

We also have a lameness locator. This is a device we use to identify and quantify lameness in your horse. It works off of sensors placed in specific positions on the horse analyzed by a computer with specific algorithms to identify asymmetrical movement (lameness). This device is able to identify very subtle lameness that the human eye can’t see. However, these subtle lameness’s can affect their performance drastically. The lameness locator also quantifies how severe the lameness is and is a great device to monitor improvements after treatments or rehab. It adds objectivity to what has always been a subjective lameness exam based solely on the practitioners skills in the past. No more guessing!

Digital Radiography

 Digital radiography provides crisp and precise images of the equine foot, limb, stifle, vertebrae, and head.  Digital radiographs can be viewed at the time of the exam and retaken immediately if needed without additional appointments or expense to the owner.  Because they can be viewed immediately, it makes it much easier to perform many procedures with better quality and precision such as corrective shoeing and some joint injections.

Radio graphs can be emailed immediately to anyone needed.

Endoscopic Exams

Gastric and tracheal endoscopy is available to diagnose gastric ulcers, airway disease, etc. A cystoscopy can also be done to view sediment or any abnormalities within the bladder. Images can be viewed at the farm or on our clinic monitor for a larger picture.  Endoscopic exams are recorded and can be transferred to your records for future evaluation or comparison.

Musculoskeletal and Reproductive Ultrasonography

We are proud to offer two separate ultrasound units specific to the area needing to be imaged.  This presents a clearer picture with better diagnostic capabilities for both musculoskeletal injuries and reproductive inquires.  Many lamenesses are not related to bone abnormalities, and x-rays do not help in finding the diagnosis.  Musculoskeletal ultrasound enables us to view tendons, ligaments, fluid swellings, and other soft tissue problems.  Reproductive ultrasound enables us to make decisions with great accuracy as to when to breed your mare, evaluate conception as early as 14-15 days gestation, view twins if present, etc.  All of these make breeding a mare easier, quicker, and safer.


Shockwave Therapy

New evidence shows that shockwave therapy can stimulate healing and decrease pain in orthopedic and soft tissue injuries in horses.  Shockwave therapy is most popular in tendon/ligament injuries and should be considered in addition to stall rest to improve healing times, manage pain, and decrease lameness.  This non-invasive therapy manipulates the body’s own repair mechanisms to stimulate increased rate of healing and decrease the pain associated.

Advanced Performance Enhancing Injections

We perform a variety of performance enhancing injections ranging from joint injections to sacral-illiac injections to lumbo-sacral injections, etc. If needed, we will use radiographic or ultrasound guidance. 


In cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze off sarcoids and other masses.  This procedure is used most often to de-bulk sarcoids that are attached to underlying structures or do not allow wide surgical margins.  Studies have shown that cryotherapy can greatly improve sarcoidosis in the majority of horses when performed by an experienced veterinarian.  Cryotherapy can also be used for removing other malignant and benign masses that are difficult to surgically excise such as squamous cell carcinoma near the eyes.

Dental Floats with Power Equipment

Power floats have the ability to float each tooth evenly – even those “hard to reach” molars in the back of the mouth.  When used by an experienced veterinarian, power floats deliver a superior dental float in a shorter amount of time as opposed to hand floats.  Most horses tolerate the power float better than hand floats because it is more protected than hand floats and does not irritate their gums, tongue, or cheeks.  Our odontoplasty (dental floats) include a visual and digital inspection of every tooth, removing points from premolars and molars, installing a bit seat, and removing wolf teeth as needed.  Proper alignment of all teeth is evaluated and adjusted when possible and needed.  Additional oral/dental services include oral radiographs, oral extractions, and surgical extractions.

Short-Term and Long-Term Hospitalizations

Classic Equine has additional stalls for horses in need of hospitalization as well as individual paddocks for turnout during the day.  A padded stall is also available for neurologic horses. Lighting can be altered for out of season breeding.

Corrective Shoeing

An important part of lameness is being able to help the problem.  Classic Equine is unique in the fact that corrective shoeing is part of the veterinary treatment.  After being a farrier for over a decade, Dr. Johnson not only has the tools available for corrective and palliative care, but his tremendous knowledge of the equine foot allows for advanced methods of corrective shoeing.  Dr. Johnson continues to attend many podiatry symposiums and stays current on the latest techniques and discoveries in farriery, podiatry, and orthotics.

Reproductive Services

Reproductive Ultrasound: A reproductive ultrasound is done prior to breeding so we can ensure that your mare will be bred at the optimum time of their cycle. We can check for a pregnancy about 16 days after breeding and we are able to visualize a heartbeat about 30 days after breeding.
        – Artificial Insemination:  We handle fresh and frozen semen as well as facilitated embryo transfer. AI can be done at the farm or at our clinic. .
        – Stallion Services: Classic Equine has a phantom at the clinic and we are able to collect your stallion in a safe and clean environment. We also have the ability to train your stallions to collect if needed. Once collected, the semen will be processed (frozen or fresh) and analyzed. Using liquid nitrogen, we are able to store the frozen semen at our clinic.

Progesterone Implants for Mares

Used in mares who are difficult to handle when in heat, progesterone implants can suppress unwanted side effects of mares in heat.  Implants slowly release progesterone and last on average about three months.


The AVID microchip can provide a safe, permanent form of identification for your horse.  Insertion of the microchip is similar to a horse receiving routine vaccinations, and once embedded, it cannot be felt by the horse.

Advanced Surgical Procedures

We gladly perform a variety of both standing and fully anesthetized procedures as needed.  We also provide a knockdown stall at our clinic for anesthetized procedures and anesthesia recovery.


Pro-stride is a joint injection, made from your horse’s own blood. It provides anti-inflammatory effects and pain control.

ProStride is highly effective, safe and cost-saving compared to traditional IRAP and other regenerative therapies.


IRAP is an effective intra-articular treatment for joint disease. The IRAP system has been designed to stimulate the horses’ own white blood cells to produce anti-inflammatory mediators and enzymes that can reduce the inflammation present as a result of degenerative joint disease.

Coggins – Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)

We have made it easy for you to view your Coggins 24/7 by using Globalvetlink. You are also able to print a copy of your coggins from your own account. No more waiting for it to come in the mail! Click here to Sign Up for your account today. You must use the email you provided us when the Coggins test was drawn. Globalvetlink also has great customer service representatives if you need any assistance setting up your account. They can be reached at (515) 817-5704

Parasite Control

At Classic Equine, we recommend all horses should have at least once fecal exam done annually.  This will ultimately indicate how stringent and what type of protocol should be followed for your horse.  Not all horses (even if they are housed together) will be infected by the same parasites and severity of such.  In Michigan, the most commonly seen parasites on fecal exams are strongyles (large and small), roundworms, and pinworms.  Many other parasites are very prevalent in Michigan horses but are poorly revealed by routine fecal exam.  Such parasites include tapeworms, bots, stomach worms, lungworms, and the encysted form of the small strongyle.  Because of this, limited anthelminthic protocols should be employed despite mild or negative results on a fecal evaluation.

If your horse has none to mild infestation of parasites, the following schedule should be considered:


  •      Spring (April or May): Equimax or Zimecterin Gold or Quest Plus
  •      Fall (After the first hard frost): Equimax or Zimecterin Gold or Quest Plus
  •      *Quest Plus should be used at least once per year


If no fecal exam is done, or if your horse has more than a mild infestation of parasites, the following schedule should be used until the next fecal exam is performed.  Horses in this category should have an additional fecal done 2 weeks after deworming to ensure effectiveness of the dewormer, and then they can follow the above protocol.


  •      January: Quest (Moxidectin)
  •      March: Panacur or Safeguard
  •      May: Equimax or Zimecterin Gold
  •      July: Strongid or Exodus
  •      September: Panacur or Safeguard
  •      November: Equimax or Zimecterin Gold


Notes: Do not use Quest or Quest Plus in horses under 1 year of age or in miniature horses or donkeys.

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