Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
This is one of those rare occasions that I feel the need to agree with Ripper up to a point. There is something going on with that horse that is causing some pretty serious lameness pretty much all the way around. I see severe calf knees at the walk and severe sickle hocks as well. Couple that with a few other things I see in his movement and I have a suspicion that he may have been a big lick horse at some point in his life. I can't say for certain, of course, but that's what I'm seeing. The broken down hind end with the extreme swishy hock action and the inconsistent leg movement on the fronts is what makes me think that.
Also, is it a common thing for him to get up from a roll that way, staying on his knees and getting up with his back end first? I've never seen a sound horse do that, they normally get up from the front end first unless it painful for them.
IMHO, this horse really needs to be seen by a lameness expert and there needs to be tests run to find out why he's so floppy in the back end and so hesitant on the front, whether it's just from lack of muscle or something structural or maybe neurological.
Whatever the cause, there is something that's causing the compromised movement and it really should be checked out. About his comment regarding the "stop riding him now or he'll have to be put down within a year". Without a battery of tests, there is no way to tell that for sure, perhaps not even with the tests. The funny thing about horses, if you ever start speaking in absolutes about something so unpredictable, then they will seem to go out of their way to prove you wrong.
Have him checked out by a lameness expert to find the cause of the wonky movement and then get their opinion about his long-term care and prognosis. We can speculate all we want about a grainy video, but we can't tell the cause, just the obvious symptoms.
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