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        04-12-2011, 11:20 PM
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    Springfield would be too far. The vet I used last time was only 40 minutes away and my dad complained about even going that far, but we don't have a truck so he'd have to haul her for us. I'm way over in the northeast area, but I appreciate the offer to help :)
         
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        04-13-2011, 09:58 AM
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    She lopes good, she was even bucking around and running loose without any problem the other day.
    How does running and bucking = resting?
         
        04-13-2011, 08:54 PM
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    She was just feeling good I guess. I don't have her in a stall because I am not able to keep her in a stall. By resting I'm not riding her and I only lunged her lightly to see if she was any better.
         
        04-13-2011, 10:19 PM
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    Have you ruled out a hoof abscess? My mare was lame last fall, put her on stall rest for around a week with no results, so we tried soaking her off hoof with warm water & epsom salts for about a week and a half and she healed up well. Good luck, hope everything turns out.
         
        04-14-2011, 01:23 AM
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    She's had an abcess twice before and this doesn't look like it is an abcess. I wish we could have a farrier out soon. I guess it could possibly be bruising....I don't know.
         
        04-14-2011, 02:02 AM
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    There is a pretty simple blood test to absolutely rule out EPM. They can do a more complex spinal tap too but if she is to the point where she is symptomatic, I believe (not 100% sure) that it would show in the blood panel.

    EPM could cause a 'shifting' lameness. In my old mare, it showed much worse on her hind but occasionally, she would show lameness in the front. Mostly because of always dragging her hind around.

    A vet is going to give you much better options. I know they are expensive but in the long run, selling a lame horse isn't a great option either.
         
        04-14-2011, 08:39 AM
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by horsecrazy84    
    She was just feeling good I guess. I don't have her in a stall because I am not able to keep her in a stall. By resting I'm not riding her and I only lunged her lightly to see if she was any better.
    If it is a soft tissue injury this type of 'resting' is not really resting and that might be why you are still seeing obvious lameness.

    Add that lunging is the last thing I would do if I had a horse with some type of soft tissue injury on the mend. Tight circles put strain on everything.

    Also, 2 weeks is not a very long time for many injuries.
         
        04-14-2011, 07:51 PM
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    I only lunged her to try to see where she was sore at. I had thought it was her shoulder but hubby thought it was in her right hip and now I believe he was right. She was very stiff in the hip area, resisted me picking up the leg and stretching it out behind her, but I could stretch it up toward her belly and it didn't bother her. When I pressed around her hip joint she'd step away and going over a small bump she just kinda dragged that back toe over, she didn't want to lift it.
    What blood test will rule it out? I had the vet do a chem panel and everything checked out good. The vet told me the only way to really diagnose it is to get a spinal tap done.
    She is going to be rested for quite a while and I want to find a good joint supplement and also a pain releiver for when she's real stiff and sore. How good is Aniprin or another aspirin based powder? I am also considering Yucca or B-L Pellets or something like that.
    Any recommendations would be good.
         
        04-14-2011, 07:55 PM
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    Wanted to add also that the area around her hip felt tight but around her flank area it was drawn up, like there's not as much muscle there or something. I'll try to get pics and a new video and also find where I saw that lameness info that said if a horse bobs their head up it's a rear end lameness. Can't remember.
         
        04-15-2011, 12:56 AM
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by horsecrazy84    
    Springfield would be too far. The vet I used last time was only 40 minutes away and my dad complained about even going that far, but we don't have a truck so he'd have to haul her for us. I'm way over in the northeast area, but I appreciate the offer to help :)

    As you said you have a hubby, I assume that you are not a child. Can you trade cars with your dad and get your horse to the vets? 40 mins is nothing, my Husband travels 1hr 15 to work each way.
    The vet that is only 40 mins away doesn't make barn calls?
         

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