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    09-16-2013, 10:56 AM
Horse looks lame. Possible arthritis?

So saga continues... After month off because of abscess in a front hoof (when she was noticeably lame even on walk) we started riding slowly again, and all the sudden my qh looked off in her left hind on trot (on walk she looked just fine). I blamed it on too short trim and ground being hard (as I had it happened in a past with both horses), so gave her 2 weeks off (to grow toe/walls back). Started riding lightly again a week before the last one, and yesterday she again was off when we started to trot (I got off and took her back right away).

By "off" I mean she does very short step under her on a trot, without extending the leg fully. And again, it's just trot, walk seems to be OK.

I called farrier this morning, described the symptoms, and he doesn't think it's abscess. He thinks it's a hock, possibly arthritis. Does it sound like one? I have no experience with arthritis, so not even sure what to look for.

Vet is already scheduled for Wed (and I did mention to staff we may need x-ray since it may not be an abscess).
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    09-16-2013, 11:17 AM
Mac has been off at the trot for about three weeks. I rode him out on the trails without realizing he was off, since he is normally stiff fir the first 15 minutes of the ride, and the offenses was not visible until we trotted.
His owner said he was just off due to his feet being too lipping and being shod was all it would take. I was skeptical.

So after shoeing, he is a tiny bit better and he seenpms spunkier. I take him out again, but in rather arena, his trot is till off. So, last Tuesday me and a friend trailered her horse and Mac up to her vet and he got the lameness exam, including blocking the coffin and navicular joints. He was still off. I baulked at X-rays of the fetlock, since they would be $275 just for THAT part and his owner did not think he should go to the vet . She did not have funds and figured he'd get better on his own.

Anyway, the long and the short of this is that he probably has arthritis in the fetlock joint. I don't know where it will go from here.
    09-16-2013, 11:31 AM
Sorry to hear that, tiny... Mine is just 9.5 years old - IS young (on my book at least). She never had any hard work really (no extensive or upper level showing, no endurance, no jumping), but yeah her conformation (body/legs and back feet) is quite a pity...

So if it's arthritis - it's very very sad. I wonder if she'll be still ridable or will be just a pasture puff. I'm freaking out already TBH... :(
    09-16-2013, 11:55 AM
Mac is 20. He has not had a lame day in his life, as far as I know. I part lease him, and will pay half of the costs for him to get joint injections, if his owner will pay half. The vet seemed to say that for his age, that was about the only thing to do to make him less lame. There are very high quality oral suppliments, with lots of Hyleronic Acid, but they end up costing about as much . Horse's should not be injected in the joint too many times, but for a 20 year old, injections are not a real concern, so he says.

They say that over time the small bones in the hock tend to fuse together, when arthritis is present, and it is almost always present eventually. Your mare has the freedom to roam and move around all day, right?
    09-16-2013, 12:56 PM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
your mare has the freedom to roam and move around all day, right?
Of course. They are out 24/7 (with rare exception when we have strong rain or snow in winter months). She's also been off serious work for over a year (due my health limitations).

Oh, well... Will see what vet has to say on Wed...
    09-18-2013, 06:16 PM
I'm interested to see what your vet says...I'm actually having similar problems. I've had the vet out twice now about it and she's just told me he has bruising on his soles and to shoe him...Well he's shod now and still limping at the trot in one direction :( he's only 7, so younger then yours! Wondering if his lymes is causing him early arthritis :( I'm having a different vet out this Monday that a few people have highly recommended.

The first time the vet came out my farrier said to just give him a few weeks off, and we did and he seemed to get better...then after a weekend in the dry lot that has more gravel he was realllllly off and ouchy on the rocks. So vet out again...bruised he got shoes because I didn't want to see him limping across the rocky areas :( He isn't limping on the rocks anymore at least but still at the trot. My farrier said the summers been so dry the grounds so hard he's been having to put shoes on a lot of horses that have been barefoot for years! I told him he's still off now though and he's wondering too if its something further up the leg :(
    09-18-2013, 06:33 PM
I'm so sorry for your horse I hope she gets better! If it's any consolation my mare developed arthritis when she was about 15. The vet had us put her on MSM and it helped a lot. When we moved barns she was outside in a huge field almost 24/7 and our vet said not to bring her inside unless it was absolutely necessary. Since we've been doing this we've not had any problems since and she's almost 20 now. We were able to stop her MSM and only keep it on hand in case she needs it during the winter. I hope your vet appointment goes well!
    09-18-2013, 06:42 PM
Kitten, I wouldn't worry about it too much just yet. She might have a deep abscess brewing in there, she may have lightly bowed a tendon or pulled a muscle, or she may need a chiro appt.

For a horse her age to have arthritis, considering how little she's really been worked, would be difficult for me to believe. Not impossible, just difficult.
    09-18-2013, 09:53 PM
I agree, don't worry until the vet comes. If it is arthritis there are many things that can help and you shouldn't start thinking about pasture puffs yet. My 13 year old PSG horse has arthritis but with hock injections it is not noticeable at all. There's also Adequan, Pentosan, injectable glucosamine, HA supplements, Back on Track hock wraps - tons of things to try.

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