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post #1 of 22 Old 07-23-2013, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy 4 year lameness - searching for help!

I've owned my 16.1hh skewbald mare Summer for about 5 year now. She has been lame for 3-4 of these years.

After x-rays and nerve blocks and whatever else you could imagine and that could burn a hole in my pocket the vets came up with nothing and said give her 6 month off. 2 year later there was no difference.

It seems to be her front right the most. She cannot turn tightly, she is short on it and when turning she seems to shuffle and drag it along.

The x-rays did show her front legs hadd bent to a funny angle and I will attach if I can.

I just need some ideas of what this could be.
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-23-2013, 11:05 AM
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I'm bumping this up - I don't have an answer but I know there are a couple folks that might and hopefully will come in:)
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post #3 of 22 Old 07-23-2013, 03:08 PM
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Can we see photos of the horse and leg in question as well? Video? Any radiographs from the front? Also photos of his hoof taken from ground level on a hard flat surface.
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post #4 of 22 Old 07-23-2013, 09:56 PM
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How high up did the vets block? Past the knee into forearm?
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post #5 of 22 Old 07-23-2013, 10:26 PM
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Lets see the feet. My bet is hoof trim problems from what wee see so far.
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post #6 of 22 Old 07-24-2013, 08:54 PM
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There is a web site at: Pete Ramey hoof care laminitis founder horse navicular disease thrush equine foot development farrier, by Pete Ramey. He is a farrier who has done an extensive amount of research on lameness and barefoot hoof trimming. You might take a look at his site to see if you get some ideas on causes and treatment. He has enough information on the site to be useful for anybody who will take the time to read.
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post #7 of 22 Old 07-24-2013, 09:11 PM
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Subbing... hoping to see pics also.
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post #8 of 22 Old 07-24-2013, 09:27 PM
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Find a hill, then try walking her up it. Does her gait change?
Turn her around and try walking her down it. Watch her shoulders very closely from both sides. Do either of them have a shuddering, jerky action and not a smooth normal action when coming down the hill?
If so, it could be cartilage degeneration up in her elbow. If so then speak to your vet about joint suppliments and things that can be done to make her more comfortable.

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post #9 of 22 Old 07-25-2013, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hi! Thank you for replies.
The nerve block was done from low down as far as I can remember.
She was also given shoes with heel raisers in which seemed to help for a short period of time.

Even though you can't say anything I believe her old farrier was mucking up somewhere.

I will get the photos asap for you guys.

On a hill she seems to be alright as long as its straight. I did loads of hill work with her as recommended by the physio who was also trying to help.
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post #10 of 22 Old 07-25-2013, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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I will try this. We had her on vetroflex which is a expensive joint supplement and it did seem to help a little but again just no further forward.
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