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    05-22-2010, 04:22 PM
Ideas - Hind leg weakness?

Posting this for Sam.

We went for a ride yesterday with Rummy and Latte - Sam said Rummy felt 'off' but he wasn't limping so we he4aded out, mostly walking with some tiny amounts of trot. Not a hard workout by any means. We rode up to PC and rode in the arena for a while. Sam jumped off Rummy and just watched me working with Latte.

When she asked him to walk forward, he moved like our old dog who has arthritis and loses her hips - He was wobbly in the back and and didn't seem to have much control. He was also stepping really far under with one leg and very short with the other. He was reluctant to move.

We called our vet who couldn't come out but left us a shot of painkillers at her surgery. We called the big equine vet but they couldn't come out either and were very unhelpful - Saying it had to be tying up or foot soreness.

We don't think it was tying up as he wasn't tense through his rump and his movement was much freer than it would have been - We have had horses tie up before. It was definitely not in his feet, it was up around his hip/pelvis I think.

We got dad to come float us home. He sometimes walked fine, though long with one and short with the other, then the next time he walked off he would do it again.

We got him home, put him in the yard and gave him his shot.

There is no swelling, not heat in either leg. He is bright enough, doesn't seem to be in pain wherever you poke him around his back end.

It seems to me like it might be a pinched nerve or something, but I don't know.

Our vet will be out as soon as she can - But any ideas? We are stumped.
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    05-22-2010, 05:02 PM
Neurological - EPM. I hope it's something less severe though.
    05-22-2010, 05:11 PM
How old is the horse? Breed? Weight? Barefoot or Shoes? It sounds like a hind end lameness and that could be caused by a number of things. Perhaps a bruise?
    05-22-2010, 05:33 PM
Oh boy - I do hope it's not epm.

Starline - 4yo, QH x ASH, 15.1h, good weight - not thin or obese, barefoot and was trimmed a few days ago but was ridden afterward and was fine, trimmer didn't notice anything wrong and he is very knowledgable.

Update: he is much worse this morning, and it seems to have progressed to lameness in one leg as opposed to the general weakness. It's the leg that is stepping further forward. He is resting it constantly and reluctant to bear weight.

We will be trying the only other bet we know of today in hopes he can come out.
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    05-22-2010, 05:35 PM
Green Broke
I doubt EPM - I thought that was just a disease found here in America and the OP is in Australia, right?

It could be any number of things and unfortunately a lot of things mimic each other. Neurological, pinched nerve, wobblers, toxic weeds, soreness, EPSM/PSSM, physical injury, etc. So there really isn't much that we can suggest until a vet comes out and does a more thorough diagnosis.
    05-22-2010, 05:54 PM
Thank you - I was posting on here more for ideas in the interim. The vet on the phone yesterday was quite frustrating - insisting it had to be tying up or foot soreness. We are fairly sure it is not either.
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    05-22-2010, 07:41 PM
My first guess is that he probably slipped or fell in his paddock and either knocked his back out of place or pulled something. I think a chiro should probably be the next step.
    05-23-2010, 03:13 AM
Okay, we have a diagnoses. He has an abcess.

I actually suggested that at the start of our ride yesterday - But the staggering type movement threw me of.

It's been drained and he has had some shots and is locked up in the sheep yards.
    05-23-2010, 07:05 AM
As lauren said he has an abscess, the strange behaviour with his back legs is unusual though, I would have thought he would have just simply started favouring his sore hoof and that's it... we'll see once he gets better, maybe a visit from the chiropractor wouldn't go astray though....
    05-23-2010, 09:03 AM
Green Broke
Good thing it's just an abcess! That's the best news you could get!

If you are still doubting that the abcess is the root of the problem, you could always put a blindfold on him and try to walk him forward. Most neurological problems will show up by him not knowing where his feet are when he is blindfolded.

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