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post #1 of 4 Old 07-04-2008, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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horse intermittly lame

To cut or not to cut...This is long but I wanted to give a background to what happened...

My daughterís horse recently developed a problem in his left hind leg, which I have had different opinions on whatís going on.
We had been riding him with no problem for about 30 min; we stopped briefly where he had his head down eating grass. He was pulling away to the right from my daughter and she pulled him back. When he turned to his left and he started limping. He refused to let anyone get close to his leg. You could hear popping every time he picked it up.
I had some opinions that he had rolled one of his tendons in the stifle area and that he needed to be checked out. After trailering him home when he was unloaded he was walking on his leg fine. No soreness when touched. The vet said that he thought his stifle locked and to let him rest two days then ride him an hour everyday in long straight lines. Well two days later he rode fine no limping and again put his head down to sneak a bite of grass turned to his left, limping again.
The vet had mentioned previously that if it kept up he may have to cut the tendon.
I mentioned this to someone else and they said I should get another opion.. I know this vet specializes in horses and is well respected in the racing community but Iím confused as to what is the way to proceed?
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-04-2008, 11:12 AM
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Before going to the extreme, I would have a chiro or massage therapist come out and have a go.

There is a tonne of information on Upward Pateller Fixation , here's one good write up.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-04-2008, 12:09 PM
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I would say not cut. A person who works with my trainer had this same issue a year ago. After much debate she decided not to cut. Get a 2nd and 3rd opinion before going to extremes...and get a massage/chiro out to take a look like mentioned above.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-05-2008, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice and the link, I did find the information useful.
Guess you could say Iím newbie at the horse thing, since Iím getting into this again after almost 20 years. So with my limited horse knowledge Iím still confused in the difference in the opinions on what is occurring when this happens. I had two long time horse people who witnessed the incident think he's actually rolling one of the ligaments to the side and the vet looking at him after the fact that thinks it's locking up. These seem like two very different things. How can you tell which is truly happening? Would the up/down hill and long straight line walking help both or just the locking?
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