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    06-23-2007, 05:18 AM
Clicking leg

My mare has arthritis in her front knees. Has had it for many years, always known about it. She's 20, so it's hit her fairly young.

But a few weeks ago I heard this faint clicking maybe once every 12 or so steps while she was walking coming from one of her back legs, the hock I think. It didn't go away the more I warmed her up. So rugged her back up and popped her back in the paddock.

Well it's getting worse. She doesn't seem to be in any pain, it's just the clicking is able to be heard every step, and it's quite loud. Today I gave her a gentle lunge at the walk for a few minutes, the whole time her leg clicked. I don't want to hurt her, so just put her back in the paddock and gave her a food brush and feed.

It's worrying me. Doesn't seem to hurt her, but she doesn't ever show if she's uncomfortable. I'm thinking arthritis, but why is it clicking.

Any help is loved.
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    06-23-2007, 10:18 AM
Is she on any medication for her arthritis?
The problem with clicks is that it could be any number of things... I would personally advise that a visit from the vet would be beneficial; it could be nothing or it could be the start of something serious - I personally think that it is not worth the risk of leaving it.
I may also point out that at 20 she is getting quite old for any operation that may be needed which is another reason to get it checked out ASAP.

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