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post #1 of 19 Old 01-25-2010, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Does my horse have Stringhalt?

A friend of mine thinks my horse may have Stringhalt in her back right leg. Please look at this video of me lunging her and let me know what you think. A vet is coming out this week to take a look at her.

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post #2 of 19 Old 01-25-2010, 11:11 AM
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A little odd going behind(for me anyway. Not real used to the breed), but I don't think stringhalt.

Look up some of the youtube videos of it. Like this one.
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post #3 of 19 Old 01-25-2010, 03:43 PM
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I don't think that's stringhalt, she needs to be adjusted by a chiro.
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I'd say that it's a cause for concern, even if it isn't stringhalt. Her movement is still irregular at some points (especially when she comes around the northwest turn of the circle), and it could be anything from mild soreness or lameness, to something more serious like a fracture.
It's good that you've noticed something is off and that you are getting a vet out.

Here's a helpful webpage on stringhalt, for further reading.

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post #5 of 19 Old 01-25-2010, 04:12 PM
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I agree this probably is not stringhalt, it appear the sacrum is locked up and possibly the stifle. It's hard to tell from the angle but I agree with the other person. Have an expereinced equine chiro out and they will be able to feel if any of the jionts are locked up and if they are they can adjust them and release it. Horse respond much better then people and ususally unless it is a chronic condition one adjustment will work until needed again.
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it could be a mild case. But I'm not really sure. It's definitely something though. Let us know what the vet says.

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post #7 of 19 Old 01-25-2010, 09:47 PM
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Please do keep us posted. One of our teaching horses has a very mild stringhalt that looks a lot like this. I'd be very interested to see what is going on with your gal!
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post #8 of 19 Old 01-26-2010, 04:25 AM
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She looks stiff in the Stifle. Have you tried lightly stretching her out before you work her? I would be curious how she responds to stretching. Chiropractor may be a good start.
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post #9 of 19 Old 01-30-2010, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, everyone for your help. The vet came out and it is indeed stringhalt. It is a very mild case and she should be just fine with surgery. I am disappointed because I just bought this horse and the owner assured me she was 100% sound. Oh well, you live and learn. She is such a sweet horse she is definitely worth the $400 for surgery. She's only 9 so I'm sure I will have many great years with her.

Thanks again for all of your answers and concern!
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post #10 of 19 Old 01-30-2010, 11:27 AM
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Thanks for the update! I thought it looked an awful lot like it, but hard to diagnose from a video. I'm so glad the prognosis seems good and a pretty reasonable price for surgery (very reasonable actually). Best wishes for a speedy and successful recovery!
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