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    08-17-2013, 07:48 AM
Green Broke
Dropped/Knocked Hip

I have been looking dropped/knocked hips up on the internet and keep finding different information so I am getting confused.

I am wondering if it immediately deems a horse useless? Like it will be too weak to do riding of any kind? If a horse doesn't seem lame or like its worried by the hip does it need to be checked by a vet or someone?

A young horse I have started working with has a dropped him. From what we have seen it hasn't seemed to bother him in the slightest. He recently saw a chiro and he was out badly in the jaw and the neck. He would have been out for some time and so now needs to work on being able to stretch and what not.

A friend of a friend who is also experienced in this said that he seemed bothered by the hip when he was in the round yard and the dropped hip was on the outside. I was not there so I didn't see it, but no one has picked up on this except this one guy.

I plan to look into it more before moving forward with him. But I was hoping for some help/opinions/input? Thanks for any help.
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    08-18-2013, 03:58 AM
Due to an injury, my horse hip likes to rotate to the right, so it looks dropped. It was pretty bad. It was causing mild lameness that no one could pinpoint, but I hadn't yet done a specialized lameness exam.

My horse's chiropractor found it and fixed it. The next day, lameness was gone. But the ligaments are weak, I guess, because it is a bit of a chronic thing. It does slowly slide back, but nowhere near what it was before it was diagnosed. And with proper muscling building up now, it should, in the future, keep things in place. But I imagine it'll always be a thing with him.

Find someone that does manipulations with amazing reviews. Your chiro should've given you some thoughts about it. I first had him looked by at a certified chiro vet, and while she noted it the hip was dropped, she didn't do much. It took someone who does manipulations but isn't technically a certified chiro to actually successfully help him and put him on a successful rehab program.

So those are my thoughts. And we're doing dressage and it doesn't seem to be holding us back at this point. =)
    08-18-2013, 04:17 AM
Green Broke
Thanks I am going to take him to a muscle therapist to help with any tightness he may have or help to find any ligaments etc out of place.

He still seems to be having trouble stretching/bending to the left. We have been doing slow gentle exercises to help him but hopefully when he sees the muscle therapist it will help loosen him up more.
    08-18-2013, 04:38 AM
It's a long road, don't expect any fast results. Took nearly a year to get him truly limber again. But we got there and with the right help, I think you two will too. =)
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    08-18-2013, 05:20 AM
Green Broke
Yes there is no rush I plan to see how he goes with lots of ground work and ponying him out on trails. Eventually start backing him when he seems more ready.

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