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    10-11-2009, 03:40 PM
Another question about lameness

Okay I know I have been asking a lot but I (again) need your guy's opinion.

For the second time in two weeks my horse has come up lame. She was fine for about a day then I rode her and she was lame the next day. She is fine walking but as soon as I start trotting she limps terribly. It gets a lot better by the next day but I'm still worried. I've been told by other boarders at my barn that it could be the saddle pinching her. But I've been told by a trainer that it is not a saddle problem. (she's german so there could possibly be some communication problems. Lol) Overall everybody has told me to take her to the vet again. The vet looked at her last time and thought it was just a contusion to the shoulder. I am taking her tomorrow to get x-rays. (which are really expensive)

My question...Should I take her to get x-rays? Or should I hold off? I don't want it to get worse if I don't take her. But what if he can't find anything and it ends up being the saddle?

Aly P.S. Sorry if this is a no brainer question.
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    10-11-2009, 03:50 PM
Have you had the farrier check the hooves?

Has the horse punctured the sole ??
    10-11-2009, 03:57 PM
The farrier comes out in two weeks and there is no puncture (that I personally can see) in the sole. She has thrush but the vet saw it and didn't seem concerned. (i've been treating it and it has gotten better.)

If she did puncture the sole wouldn't there be swelling?

    10-11-2009, 04:32 PM
Well since she's so off - I would take her to the vet again. But before you get x-rays done have a full lameness exam done. Do flexions, use hoof testers, block the leg in question - everything. If that doesn't turn up any clues then I would go ahead and spring for the x-rays.

I would hesitate to say her saddle is making her so lame - I could see her being sore/stiff from a ill-fitting saddle, but not lame..
    10-11-2009, 04:48 PM
Thank you for the reply. It is just the weirdest thing. I have had for two years and she has never been lame. Three months ago I moved to a new barn and her saddle starts to not fit, there's saddle sores, she's skinny (better now) and the lameness issue come up.

I guess I'm baffled because she will be extremely lame the day after I ride her and then the next day she will be almost be back to normal. Just a little soreness. There's no swelling, heat, blood, cracks or any other external injury I can find.

Could it be soreness? She has had about a month and half off without riding or hard work due to these problems. I just can't imagine 45 minutes of work could make her that lame on the same leg.

Again thank you for your reply and of course I welcome any more opinions or information.

    10-11-2009, 04:52 PM
Originally Posted by Alycat    
If she did puncture the sole wouldn't there be swelling?
This doesn't sound like a sole puncture, but to answer your question... in my experience you don't usually see swellling and punctures are very hard to find unless there is something still stuck in the sole like a nail. You often wind up with an abcess that can make the horse 3 legged lame.
    10-11-2009, 04:57 PM
Thank you PaintHorseMares. I do have to say even though I'm very frustrated with what is going on with my mare I am definitely learning a lot. Lol
    10-11-2009, 05:30 PM
Originally Posted by Alycat    
Thank you PaintHorseMares. I do have to say even though I'm very frustrated with what is going on with my mare I am definitely learning a lot. Lol
I wish you and your horse luck. Lameness is indeed very frustrating since it can be caused from anything from a bad trim to a major problem, and very often you need to diagnose by eliminating one cause after another.
    10-11-2009, 07:04 PM
Yes, you should have another vet check done and as was stated above prior to "just doing x-rays" you need to have a full lameness exam performed to pinpoint the area that the lameness originates so that your vet will know what to x-ray or ultrasound. Poor saddle fit, soft tissue injury, etc there are tons of different things that could be going on so getting a full exam is an absolute must.
    10-12-2009, 03:02 AM
Thank you for the replies. They are much appreciated!


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