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    02-11-2013, 02:21 AM
Horse going lame in left!

Ok, so I use this horse all around.....roping, gaming, get the picture. Well he is coming up lame in his left hind. Example, if I run barrels. If he turns to the right then his left hind hurts him. It carries more under him and he limps on it. Two weeks off and he's fine but if I Go to try barrel to turn right it starts all over again.
I warm him up, stretch him everything.

Any suggestions on what it could be please?

I have a chiropracter coming out to look at him this weekend. Vet reccommended it first before I have him out to look.

Please any ideas what you think it is? Muscle, back being out?
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    02-11-2013, 04:19 AM
The back usually is out from hock soreness, due to adjusting their way of movement to accommodate for the problem. Definitely needs a vet for treatment, could be a multitude of things.
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    02-11-2013, 08:44 AM
- improper fitting saddle/tack
- back/hip out of alignment
- arthritis <---
- improper muscling
- improper training
- hoof problems
- conformation faults/too much stress for this particular horse

It could be pretty much anything at this point.
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    02-12-2013, 03:22 AM
His stifle muscle right above his hock is really tense. Called the vet, told me to have my chiropractor look at him first. I would like to know what I can do to help relieve that muscle...I'm massage it..dsmo on it and stretching him. What else can I do?
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    02-12-2013, 03:58 AM
My horse that had a recurring hind end lameness [stifle] turned out to be incredibly sensitive to the balance of her feed. Seriously - if she gets too much of ANYTHING then bam she's lame again. I'm hoping that once she's done growing she won't be quite so sensitive but I don't mind managing her feed.

Just something else to consider if all else fails [did for me].
    02-12-2013, 07:35 PM
He is an extremely easy keeper. He can founder on just grass. Gets rode alot to keep him in shape. But with this injury what I'm calling it he's on stall rest.
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    02-12-2013, 07:50 PM
I'd say arthritis. But you won't know for sure unless he's seen by a professional.
    02-13-2013, 03:04 PM
Have the chiro check him out....may need muscle relaxers (methocarbanol) and/or injection of hock and/or stifle....Time off and Bute heal lots of problems :)...hoping for the best for you!!

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