I can't tell if something is wrong with her leg (video)

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  • Horse short striding hind end favouring left side
  • Horse can't walk on back leg

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    01-20-2012, 11:17 PM
I can't tell if something is wrong with her leg (video)

Snickers has had a few problems with her back right leg over the past few years. When she was about 4 (she's 10 now) she got kicked by another horse right below her hock and had to have surgery to remove a bone chip. The other day I had her turned out in an outdoor arena which is lined with turnouts on one side. I heard a horse scream so I ran over just in time to see Snickers standing with that same leg completely off the ground. She saw me and took off running around and while it looked sore, I saw no cuts or anything. I stayed with her from half an hour and saw no swelling and she wasn't limping on it so I gave her some Bute and put her back in her stall.

That was on Sunday and I have ridden her twice since then with no apparent problems. Today her fetlock looked a little swollen, but again she wasn't limping so I took her out and lunged her some (video below). After working it out a little the swelling seemed to go down. I tried to see a hitch in her step but all I noticed is that she swished her tail when I asked her to lope to the right, and started off on the wrong back lead when loping to the left.

Maybe I am just paranoid, but I took this video in case someone could see something I couldn't!

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    01-21-2012, 01:15 AM
She did seem to not want to canter and is pretty short strided in back. I am not great at telling which leg is bad, but I would have sworn it was her left rear that was reaching forward less and troubling her the most.

Cute mare.
    01-21-2012, 01:36 AM
Hmm, you might be right. I just assumed it was the other one because I thought it looked a little stocked up! I did notice she was short striding, but there isn't any obvious swelling or wounds so if there is something wrong, I don't really know what to do about it! Maybe someone else will have another opinion!

Thanks btw :) She sure can be a nutcase sometimes lol

ETA: I just watched it again and I see what you mean about the left. It almost looked inconsistent, being shorter at times than others :-/
    01-21-2012, 10:47 AM
She doesn't look real comfortable to me, but I am also not good at pinpointing the cause. It almost looked to me like she might be sore somewhere through the back or pelvis, because she looked like she was moving tentatively up front, too.
    02-04-2012, 02:24 AM
Bump. Any other opinions? I've noticed when I let her out to run with the other horses that she kinda lopes with her hind legs together. I can't really see anything when she is walking or trotting, so it's kinda weird I only see something at the lope. I've been riding her 3-4 times a week and she doesn't bob her head or swish her tail under saddle... I don't know what to think, something just looks off and I don't know what to do about it!
    02-04-2012, 01:02 PM
Is there a way you could get a soundness exam done with her? It looks like more than just her leg.. she seems reluctant to want to stretch out and move :/
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    02-04-2012, 05:50 PM
That's just done through a vet or what?
    02-04-2012, 06:44 PM
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Yes, or a chiropractor sometimes- although I'd go for the vet first.

I agree that it seems like more of a back problem, perhaps the alignment- that her actual legs, because she's very short strided back there and not engaging herself correctly. The leg that you said appears stocked up could be some paranoia combined with that one being white, which also makes it harder to tell when there is swelling or stiffness. It kind of throws you off, you know?

I'd definitely have her back checked. Beautiful horse though, she seems to really want to do what you want, even if she can't!
    02-04-2012, 06:51 PM
That's kinda what I started to figure because one day I would think it was one leg and the next I would think it was the other! So maybe they aren't the problem at all.

She is used to being turned out on 5 acres, but now is stalled at college. I go out every day to turn her out for a few hours (we can't leave them turned out while we aren't there). I have noticed a popping sound when she walks though, with every step. I can't quite pin point it. I don't know if its from standing around all day before she gets let out or if maybe it has something to do with the problem? I don't notice it when I ride so maybe she works it out, but could that be something else to ask about?

She is a great horse, normally just wants to please! I will try to contact a vet at the beginning of the week!
    02-04-2012, 06:57 PM
You can definitely tell something wrong with her back end between 1:00 and 1:15 of the video. She looks like she is favoring her left hind.

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