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post #1 of 5 Old 11-28-2006, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hip Cracking

My horse, Roxy, is very good at her job. She can carry a 12 yr old around a 18in course at a local schooling show, or she can take me around a 3ft course at the rated shows. She rarely comes up lame, only when she gets kicked usually. But lately, she has a cracking in her left hip. When I ride her she pulls down on me when I ask her to use her hind end. She doesn't come up lame, she just has this cracking when she works. She doesn't seem sore on it, she just doesn't want to put pressure on it when she jumps the bigger things. Any information would help, I hear there is a hip flexion test and I was wondering if anyone knew anything about it.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-28-2006, 03:10 PM
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How old is she? Simply may be time for a joint supplement to help lubricate her joints!
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-28-2006, 09:56 PM
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I would be concerned about her stifles, so a vet check is a good idea. Other than that, x-rays, a visit from an equine chiropractor, and preventive supplements/joint remedies are a good idea to get your horse started on at her age.

Keep in mind that an injury in one area could cause another part of the horse to be off, and on the other hand there may be an underlying and primary cause of this hip issue coming from another part of her body.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-04-2006, 05:31 PM
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I sold a 5 yr old Half Arabian mare last year that had a popping noise in her hips when she walked and trotted. She never acted lame; just a quiet snap when she took a step. I did concern me because she was only lightly used. Could be the stifles. My mare's dam supposedly had bad stifles. It could have passed on to her. I don't really know what to tell you as far as advise goes. I've heard some people have had horses that do this and never had any problems out of them; they just creaked and squeaked but since your mare doesn't want to put pressure on it when she jumps that would concern me.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-06-2010, 03:46 PM
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hi there i am going through a similar thing with my gelding,in summer i noticed a cracking everynow and then in his back end but has gradually worsened and whilst riding i can hear it quite loud whilst mounted seemed like it was from his pelvis then in hand seemed fetlock or hock,really hard to pinpoint where it is and its constant with every step however ive had the vet and he didnt respond to the flexion tests and is fine in himself and is sound.vet noticed he has slightly puffy stifles but nothing of great concern however she did think the noise is strange,its almost a popping rather than a creak or crack,i have put him on cortaflexHA in case he needs a supplement he is only 9 and healthy but many young horses can suffer arthritis to,he is being xrayed in a couple of weeks was meant be today but the snow is really bad here so its on hold.really want to get to the bottom of it,i havent rode recently with snow and ice though vet did say carry on as normal for now.he is fine but does seem to be bucking more especially when asked to canter which made me think he is slightly uncomfy or is it cause he hasnt been abl to get out much with weather i do think its uncomfyness as some bucks were viscious so will only light hack to stretch his legs until i know more. i would suggest speak with your vet and they will probably do flexion tests and see about xrays to perhaps
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