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    01-26-2013, 03:14 PM
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
I've been watching this thread with great interest. I also have a red rescued QH mare with a somewhat similar way of moving. Mine is only ever so slightly off in a walk, no sign of lame in trot or lope. In fact, she is setting down her foot a bit short and straight down, just like yours. She is also very rigid, has trouble bending her neck sideways. I bought her from the kind of folks yours came from. Maybe your new chiropractor may be on to something. Keep us updated
Where are you located? He said alot of times if the horse is off in the poll that their hind end will also be off. He also says that if the horse has trouble bending one way, like say to the left with my horse, some thing is probably out of whack on her right side. He said it is a 90% chance that she is having problems with her poll. The people I got her from used her as a charro horse (over bends there neck and trains them really harshly). He states it is not going to be and easy fix but he thinks with time it can be fixed. Says it is a combination of her poll and her sacrum(hip joint). She pulls back and has flipped over while doing it. So she is off work(no riding) until she is fixed. Get a good chiropractor!
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    01-26-2013, 03:23 PM
I'm not sure if mine was actually " trained" that way...she started out as a ranch horse. How she ended up there? I didn't even ask, just got her out of there. I've been supplementing for her joints, she's a little better, overall, but can't seem to bend her neck toward her hip either side. I will be looking for a good chiropractor. ....
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    01-26-2013, 04:39 PM
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
I'm not sure if mine was actually " trained" that way...she started out as a ranch horse. How she ended up there? I didn't even ask, just got her out of there. I've been supplementing for her joints, she's a little better, overall, but can't seem to bend her neck toward her hip either side. I will be looking for a good chiropractor. ....
Where abouts are you located in California?
    01-27-2013, 12:18 AM
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    01-27-2013, 07:55 PM
Stand by his shoulder. Facing him. Hold a chunk of carrot by your hip and see if he will come around for that. Show it to him or let him sniff it if necessary. If he can take it with no problem then he's capable to turning that way. Now the other side. He may be resistant if you ask with the halter or bit and if so then you need to teach him in graduations. In this case he just doesn't want to do it. When you teach him to bend and hold you unlock the poll but if he is sore in the front then he may continue to resist.
    01-27-2013, 08:24 PM
Kind of looks like locking stifles to me, too. My mums' mare has that.
    01-28-2013, 09:20 AM
I was involved with a rescue horse that had dislocated her hip when she was young, also a mexican horse. She was short strided with the dislocated side. Her trainer flipped her and her hip popped out. The joint never fell back into place and neither the trainer nor her muscles never corrected the shift so her hip was permanently out of place unless she had surgery to put everything back in place. It wasn't a guaranteed fix though. I'd suggest x-rays of her spine. It might save you some money and help you see where the problem is and if it can be fixed by a chiropractor or something along those lines.
    01-28-2013, 12:25 PM
Try looking at some videos of horses with fibrotic myopathy. My horse has this, it looks very similar. I can actually feel the fibrosis in his "hamstring" (semi-tendonosis muscle). Another rule out would be upward fixation of the patella. It is likely that she has some concurrent issues, likely with the SI joint, if it is a FM. My kiddo warms out of it somewhat and loves to have the area massaged. It is much worse when he has been standing a lot or when the weather is cold.
    01-28-2013, 12:30 PM

This is close to what my TB looks like, but mine is less severe. It is a mechanical lameness, meaning not painful- the muscle simply cannot extend properly due to the fibrosis or "scar tissue". There is a surgery to correct it, with varying results. I have had ultrasound and massage done with regular chiropractic work. My guy is coming 23 next month, still jumps to 3 feet and goes 2nd level. It takes more work, but he is totally worth it!
    01-28-2013, 12:44 PM
I think I got a lead now....my mare has a fist-size rather hard lump on the right hamstring...that's the side with the shortened stride... ....when she walks it looks like something is blocked, therefore the lower leg doesn't come all the way forward and sets down rather abruptly from directly above...just like the first video who came up on the Google search.
Thank you so much, tealamutt, you gave the problem a name.....

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