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    03-18-2012, 10:00 AM
Green Broke
Is he off?

Rex is my wonderful 16 year old thoroughbred gelding. He has pretty severe arthritis in both front legs so has been pretty much retired, apart from the occasional casual plod around the property.

Today I was watching him move in the paddock and he just seemed "off" in the hind somewhere. I checked his legs for heat and swelling and found nothing. Now when his arthritis was diagnosed the vet told me to make sure I kept an eye on him for any soundness issues. As a result, I have been a little over-vigilant and have begun to doubt myself as far as whether I am really seeing what I think I'm seeing.

So tell me whether he looks off in the hind to you? Or whether I am seeing things again?

At the walk

And the trot, sorry that it is short.

Also excuse Jace's footwear, he was not expecting to be asked to run a horse out for me!
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    03-18-2012, 10:34 PM
Green Broke
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    03-19-2012, 06:58 AM
Yup, I do see something going on there. I don't have any advice for you, other than let your vet know.
    03-19-2012, 08:03 AM
I guess it all really depends on what really bad means to some people
I can see no extremely evident limping maybe you should get it checked but I think an evident sign of a problem is if their head is really bobbing
But again he is a 16 thoroughbred if he is enjoying life and you love him that's the main thing
It is up to you if it improves he may have been having a bad day or maybe their is a problem
    03-19-2012, 08:38 AM
I don't see anything in the videos that say he is off. He may be slightly stiff but you say he is arthritic. I wouldnt worry about him. He looks quite alright from what I can see. :)
    03-19-2012, 02:39 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for the input guys.

I definitely don't think he's "lame" as such. He just doesn't seem to be 100% right if you know what I mean.
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    03-19-2012, 02:55 PM
He moves like Odie does (sorry I don't have any videos of him moving). Anyway, your horse doesn't look lame, just stiff. Odie will be 21 soon, and is also pretty much retired. Really the only thing for him to make him 100% again and able to show (other than the fountain of youth) will be to have the chiro out at least monthly, and give him expensive arthritis shots. I just can't afford to do that. So he's on a senior supplement w/ extra arthritis stuff, and I stretch his legs when we do go riding. The main reason for Odie to move like yours is that his pelvis is "locked", meaning it basically just isn't moving as freely as it should causing the stiff/short strided look.
    03-19-2012, 02:59 PM
Left rear appeared odd at the walk. Very short strided at the trot.
    03-19-2012, 03:36 PM
I am with Busysmurf, not off, just stiff.
    03-19-2012, 03:52 PM
If anything, i'd say he looks a little stiff in his hips, almost like he slept a little too long or something and just needs to walk it off. That being said, I wouldn't even consider that "off" really, just a tiny feeling I get from watching him move.

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