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    01-01-2011, 12:56 AM
Figuring out what is wrong

My pony has been lame for about 5 months now and we don't know what is wrong! She went dead lame at a show after a jumping course. So we put her on stall rest and called the farrier. He couldn't find anything wrong that could have caused the problem. So we called the vet to take x-rays and couldn't find anything. We also blocked below the fetlock and she was fine. But we don't find anything wrong down there. My trainer thinks she might have torn a muscle on her shoulder. She has been on stall rest and limited time outside in a round ring. She got better and we rode her some and she was perfectly fine. Wasn't off one time. But then this weekend she walked just fine but couldn't trot at all. So do you have any ideas on what it could be? Or what we could do to help her? And should I get a chiropractor to come out and check her?
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    01-01-2011, 09:37 PM
Its hard to tell with out seeing the horse move or seeing x rays. Did you do a ultrasound??? Another thing it a bone scan but those can be pricey and sort of extreme. I say get the vet out. If that vet doesn't know get a different vet. If that vet doesnt know go to a practice or a university!

Hope you figure out what is wrong and that she recovers quickly! I have had my fair time with lamenesses and you just need to fight through them. :)
    01-02-2011, 10:38 AM
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Get a new Vet that specializes in soundness issues -- like one with a race horse clientele or a cutting horse clientele. All Veterinarians are not equal in their ability to diagnose and treat difficult lameness issues. I have different ones for front leg and hind limb lameness.
    01-05-2011, 08:02 PM
Does the horse square ok?

You can perform one quick test, press his brachiocephallicus muscles (one at a time), and check for any sign of pain (most common are backing up or lifting they're heads). If that happens, call a chiropractor, she'll be fine. Else, find another vet, and good luck, 'cause it might be tricky. :(

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