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post #1 of 60 Old 01-22-2013, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone seen this lameness in hind end?

I got a horse back in September of last year. Basically a rescue situation. She has been lame since then. I have had 3 Chiropractors out and the vet out to see her lameness. NO ONE is certain as to what it is! Everyone has a different opinion. So far I have heard it MAY be her stifle, she might have stringhalt, or her sacrum is out of whack. I would like to know some ideas to I can try to get her treated! It is driving me nuts not knowing what her problem is. My farrier seems hell bent that it is her sacrum. I am including a link to a few YouTube videos I took. I couldnt get any other videos. =( She has gained close to 150lbs since I got her. I am located in Southern California.

It is her back left that is the problem. She is quite short strided on that leg. She is also not sensitive when you do any kind of work to her at all. she stands there for anything anyone does to her chiropractor wise. I just want to get her better!!!
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Wow she is all sorts of crooked back there! My first guess would be something is out of whack/ displaced, sacrum seems a good place to start, but if the Chiropractors have ruled that out, have you thought about testing for EPM?

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Lameness in hind end

Hi there, I don't think this is a lameness. I think your farrier is on a good track. It looks to me as though her pelvis has been rotated (perhaps from a fall?) and is simply holding her in that position. This is not common, but it does happen and is very much a possibility. I would recommend Structural Integration or Rolfing sessions for her. They are not too hard to find for horses, and it works somewhat like a mixture of chiropractic/massage, with the horse's connective tissue. I have seen this issue fixed (literally, fixed) with this technique. I hope this helps you! best regards, dressagekid4
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post #4 of 60 Old 01-22-2013, 06:50 PM
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I have no clue. I would guess stringhalt. But dressagekid4 might be on to something!
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I feel your pain. Ive got a gelding that went through 3 vets, 6 vets appointments, 4 farriers, multiple diagnosis, prognosis, and treatments before we finally figured out what was going on. Consult a vet who is specialized in lameness and performance horses if at all possible. Its surprising that after 8+ years of school some vets can be really really bad at certain aspects of their job.
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post #6 of 60 Old 01-22-2013, 11:16 PM
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I would be getting a GOOD chiro/massage therapist out asap.

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Zthis looks nothing like stringhalt to me, although my experience is limited to two hirses. With those two, they would pick their hind feet up so high as to almost strike their belly, and then slam it down. The abnormal movement was not evident at any other gait.
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post #8 of 60 Old 01-22-2013, 11:48 PM
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I am no vet, and it could by a myriad of things, but my guess is upward fixation of the patella (aka locking stifles).

And judging from the videos, I'd say it's his left hind.
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While I can't comment on what may be wrong with your horse, I will say that my mare has had a mystery hind end thing since I got her over a year ago. I had been through vets, chiro, massage therapist and trainers...nobody had a clue what was wrong. She was diagnosed yesterday from another vet that it is a very mild form of stringhalt. Most videos you see are of the extreme cases, not mild ones. I'm not saying that is what it is, just letting you know that what you see for stringhalt is usually the more extreme versions.
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post #10 of 60 Old 01-23-2013, 11:09 AM
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I would think it's worth a try to use a Chiro. I was kind of thiking the lameness looked high to me, stifle or even hip/pelvis. I would think a "realignment" might actually make him look worse at first because he's been off for so long but then would feel much better. The question is, how severe is the damage and is there arthritis. (I would make that assumption and do some sort of glucosomine or joint treatment).

The EPM thought did cross my mind as well because when he turns it looks almost neurological but then just at the walk it looks like a lameness issue.

Do you have any trot videos?

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