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    02-27-2012, 05:36 AM
I'd like to see him moving a bit more forwards to be sure, but from what I can see front right.
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    02-27-2012, 08:02 AM
I actually think it's the left hind, high up - stifle or hip, and that's causing the slight head bob on the right front.

Yes, it's subtle. It would be easier to see it you asked him to move out a little bit.
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    02-27-2012, 09:28 AM
I am sorry if I came off like it was a game, my choice of words weren't the best. I always thought that it was that they would quickly step on the injured leg causing them to bob. But the other theory would make much more sense.
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    02-27-2012, 01:11 PM
Originally Posted by yourcolorfuladdiction    
So if the head is going down with the right front (which is what I'm seeing) then that means that is where he is puttin most of his weight (making it his sound leg).
"Down on Sound" is what my vet calls this, so I agree.

He does look like he has somewhat straight looking hocks
He definitely does. He's never been one to bend his legs much, even as a youngster, especially in the rear. He's 17 by the way.

To me it doesn't look like he's stepping up on his right hind but it's slight.
I hope this is true; it would be so much easier to deal with than the alternative!

For comparison, here's a short clip of us at the beginning of December

Thank you to everyone who has responded so far!!!
    02-27-2012, 01:28 PM
Left front. When he bobs his head up he's shifting his weight to his rt front to ease the weight on his left. Do a comparison test of his muscles. When a horse is sore on the front end muscle tension will radiate all the way to his poll and by the base of the withers. There is a spot by the withers that will noticeably flinch if he's sore. With hind soreness there's a spot above the hip that will cause a flinching reaction.
    02-27-2012, 01:46 PM
I would agree with Maura. Thought I was seeing the left stifle/hip area as well thus causing a head bob on the right front. But regardless, yes something is slightly off. I am sorry, I know how frustrating mysterious lameness can be!
    02-27-2012, 02:08 PM
I also agree with Maura. Left hind, stifle/hip. I'd look into getting some chiro/massage work done.

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