01-02-2013, 12:30 PM
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Soundness is absolutely paramount to me, too, don't you worry about that - if my horse is unsound in any way, physically or mentally, I will ALWAYS try to get to the bottom of it, and if the issue is related to something that I know for sure is not hereditary, I will consider breeding if the issue cannot be resolved. But I have to KNOW FOR SURE first.
She did go over the round pen fence at one point due to a mistake I made [I pushed when I should have backed off and let her settle], but did not immediately come up lame. It was a week or two later that she took the first lame step. Her lameness was very intermittent, she would have a week where she was sound as a bell bolting around the pasture being your typical young TB and then all of a sudden be running on 3 legs again with no apparent cause.
Lack of protein is a very common cause of soundness issues in young horses. Without enough protein the joints, muscles and soft tissues cannot form properly, and especially in the more active young horse, this causes problems. I think her stifle issue was my fault, for not feeding her enough protein. Now that she's on a sufficient ration, she is totally sound. Thus far. I haven't flex tested her... which will be the REAL test I think because the day the vet did the lameness exam she trotted up sound before flexing then went dog lame after. Unfortunately I can't flex test her until late Feb because on the 18th of November she stuck her leg through a fence and lacerated the extensor tendon... vet advice was that the tendon was structurally sound and the laceration only shallow, but to give her 3 months healing time before pushing the point.