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        07-25-2013, 07:21 AM
      #11
    Foal
    It's very well to say that leasing and such may be a better option but it is not the one we went with so I bought her and I will keep her until I know what is wrong and then go from there depending. If there is a possibility she will ever be ok for riding I will keep her here paying for agistment or send her to my aunties quite a few hours away for rest
    If not we will make that decision when it comes to it.
    The farrier said they wouldn't be spending all the money on a horse not worth a whole lot... But what they don't understand is we love her and will do what I can to fix her
         
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        07-25-2013, 07:44 AM
      #12
    Showing
    If she is tucked up in the flanks it could also be a salt deficiency. Offer her a cup of table sale in a pan. Don't expect her to get enough from a lick.
         
        07-25-2013, 07:55 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    If she is tucked up in the flanks it could also be a salt deficiency. Offer her a cup of table sale in a pan. Don't expect her to get enough from a lick.
    Ok thank you :) I will try that :)
    We have her on devils claw ATM as well hoping that would do something to help
    Could that explain why she has been licking our hands lately
         
        07-25-2013, 09:25 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    I am sorry to hear of all the problems that you have had as your introduction to horses. IMO you need to find an equine vet Specialist that will do a full lameness work up. There are so many causes of lameness in horses that it is fully impossible for us to make any sort of an assessment over the Internet. It could be her spine, her hip, stifle, hock, pastern, feet, torn soft tissue, torn ligament, etc! Yes it will cost more money (possibly a lot of it), but the only way to have a plan for recovery is to know what the real underlying issue is. And unfortunately no one on the Internet is likely to be able to make that diagnosis for you.

    Is she lame at all gaits? Or only trot, canter, etc.? Does she show any sensitivity or heat anywhere on the leg or hoof?
         
        07-28-2013, 05:17 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tryst    

    Is she lame at all gaits? Or only trot, canter, etc.? Does she show any sensitivity or heat anywhere on the leg or hoof?



    She is definitely lame at a trot, she is lame on the right hind somewhere but in a circle she kinda looks lame both sides but I don't really know much...
    Sometimes I have thought she looks lame at a walk and then other times she looks fine.
    I haven't cantered her I feel mean just trotting.
         
        07-28-2013, 05:31 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    You really need to get her looked at by a vet who will thoroughly examine her. 8 weeks is a long time for a horse to be noticeably lame with no improvement. I wouldn't be lunging her without a diagnosis either, as you could be inadvertently making the problem worse.
         
        07-28-2013, 12:58 PM
      #17
    Trained
    You really do need to get a very good lameness vet to look at the horse and determine a cause for the lameness... However I fear that because the horse was not immediately confined to stall and not allowed to move, there may be permanent damage.
    Whenever a soft tissue injury is suspected, ESPECIALLY in a hind leg, and especially up high it is imperative to get the horse into a box stall and call a lameness vet immediately! Lunging is the absolute worst thing one can do to a horse with a such a suspected injury and is not recommended ever again to do in the horses life time because of the high risk of re injury. If the horse is finicky in the box, then hand walking on straight lines is alright.
    Take the horse off Bute and get a good vet out yesterday. Then go on vet recommendations. Usually up high, xrays won't be useful until there had been calcification of the injury (post healing) and ultrasound can be inconclusive. You really need a vet who knows their salt. At this point, expect 6-8 months of box rest, if the horse is not deemed unfixable... But box rest and hand walking twice a day might prove to heal the horse.

    Good luck! Get the horse in a stall and call the vet!
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        07-28-2013, 01:30 PM
      #18
    Started
    Definitely get a different vet out.
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        07-28-2013, 02:55 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I am echoing others. I would definitely get a new vet out. A vet visit to your barn is going to cost a lot less than taking your horse to a equine hospital.
         

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