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post #11 of 14 Old 10-09-2008, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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that was supposed to be a pic of him but i guess i didnt do it right lol

"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"

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post #12 of 14 Old 10-09-2008, 10:08 AM
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It sounds like you've rather bypassed the vet and that is where you need to go. Chiropractors and farriers unless they are also licensed veterinarians have a very limited education in anatomy and physiology and by no means are a substitute for a vet in diagnosing problems. This is not to say that they can't be of great help in treating a problem, but they can only assess based upon their limited knowledge of the body as a whole. In other words, one can only find a problem if he knows that that sort of problem exists and how it presents itself.

A good lameness exam to pinpoint the source of the pain would be the first step and then once you and your vet have an idea of where in the body the problem stems from you can discuss what kind of diagnostics and treatment would be appropriate.

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post #13 of 14 Old 10-09-2008, 12:41 PM
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This screams hock issues.

What you have described is what I went thru with my older one a few years back.

A full vet work up complete with flexion tests and then x-rays. Digital if possible, the view is so much clearer.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-09-2008, 09:17 PM
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First off I agree to get him xrayed. Check his legs, stifles and hocks too with xrays...or atleast I would. When they have something wrong in any of those areas it seems to move in a big circle of pain from one spot to the other. I had the same problem with my horse 3 years ago. In his spine the xrays should check for something called "kissing spine"...when two vertebrate are rubbing each other.

If all the xrays come back fine...then he needs exercise. And I know it seems like he is hurting but he has to do it...Im surprised your chiro hasn't told you this? After he gets an adjustment he needs a few days off but then he needs to do long smooth chiro said NO arena work...strictly long smooth trail rides at a nice cadenced trot. If you don't work him out the chiro visits will be useless because there will be no muscle to hold the bones in the correct position...hence it will keep popping out of whack.

It took my guy about a year to get back in shape...after injections in his hocks and stifles for arthritis...chiro visits once a month the first three months...then one visit every three months after that. And I rode 5 days a week about 2 miles at mostly a walk and trot. I kept him long and low...not neccessarily collected. I also did lots of carrot stretches so he could "self adjust" and pop his neck before workouts.
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