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    01-08-2013, 01:26 PM
DEF get the lameness evaluation done. Sounds like this horse could potentially have quite a few issues.

Did you have a PPE with X-rays done when you bought her?
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    01-08-2013, 03:35 PM
No real examination when I got her. The previous owner is both her trainer, the owner of her barn, and my instructor, as well as a veterinarian himself specializing in sport horses, I have a lot of respect for him and figured if he says she's fine, she's fine (which she was, before the single joint bit came into the picture). I moved a fairly far distance from him, that's why I bought the horse, because I couldn't really take lessons anymore, it's very difficult to get in contact with him.

Guh... I'm so stressed out. I feel terrible for my mare. I'm not trusting my vet, so I need to decide whether I should just go ahead and see if she gives a good diagnosis, or spend more on another vet a few streets over that my neighbor uses. TBH, I'm 17yo and manage the farm, neither of my separated parents are horse-people, so all the decisions come down to me I don't mean to give a sob story, just letting y'all know this is difficult for me, emotionally and otherwise. My anxiety disorder doesn't make things better... I'm exhausted, just glad my mare is getting some relief from the liniment.

I really think the poor girl has a hunter's bump.
^ See the back sort of swelling and the right hind leg turned out? I don't think that's good. It would also explain why she has been running out under saddle before jumps--- when I bought her, she was true "honest jumper", she'd plow through a jump if it was too much rather than ever refuse or run out. Leaning toward thinking I'll bring out the different veterinarian, ask him whether or not I should just put my horse on stall rest, and then schedule the chiropractor. Nice of this to happen just a month before the shows
    01-08-2013, 10:43 PM
How old is your mare?, Do you have more pictures/ angles of her back.
Does she always stand with her toe turned out? If so, was she always like that or is it a new thing?
    01-08-2013, 10:45 PM
Originally Posted by TerciopeladoCaballo
No real examination when I got her. The previous owner is both her trainer, the owner of her barn, and my instructor, as well as a veterinarian himself specializing in sport horses, I have a lot of respect for him and figured if he says she's fine, she's fine (which she was, before the single joint bit came into the picture).
Vet or not, he has NO idea if the horse is "fine" with out xrays and at least a general PPE type work up with flex tests/general body soreness scoring.

Soreness can show up in all sorts of different ways/spots bc of something as simple as needing a chiro, hoof issue, etc. It really is amazing how they use their bodies to compensate.

I really urge you to have a lameness evaluation done on this horse (by a GOOD equine lameness vet) complete with front and rear hoof and leg xrays. It's really the only way you're going to figure out what is going on with her.
    01-09-2013, 12:46 PM
Called around, got out a trainer/horse owner veteran, and it's a bone spavin. I should've known, with her having cow hocks. I talked about how I have been exercising her, trying to do something different each week and increasing the number of sessions to achieve 5 times a week, vet said screw that, daily exercise starting from the ground up--- walk starting fifteen minutes every day and gradually adding time/intensity. I can have her break a sweat later when we get to trotting but can't push if she resists. Beside that, I have to start wrapping her hocks, add gluco to her diet, and talk to the farrier about squaring her toe more (barefoot in back hooves). She's 12yo, no defects in the forequarter but has cow hocks and slight camped out position on her back legs. She was worked hard barrel racing very early between the ages of 3 and 5yo. Apparently the first owner wanted to run her into the ground and breed a colt from her quick, then sell her off.
    01-09-2013, 03:48 PM
There were still no X-rays taken?
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