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    01-01-2013, 12:54 PM
  #11
Showing
I am wondering about the condition known as Kissing Spine. It's origins are in the back, where two vertebrae are pinching. It will cause the hind end stiffness like you are seeing. Have the vets mentioned this possibility? It occurs more often in short-backed horses and jumpers. Think of how people with lower back pain walk when a disc is pressing where it shouldn't.
     
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    01-04-2013, 06:53 AM
  #12
Yearling
I would look into pelvic fracture. I know it doesn't seem plausible, but it could be. Lightly sedate her, have your vet do an internal pelvic exam while walking her. That should point out a fracture. You'd be amazed at what they can and can't do with a pelvic fracture. I only know this because it was suggested once to me for my mare and I did a lot of questioning about it. I would also wonder about kissing spines or some sort of pinched nerve. From what I understand, it shows up in the hind end first. Also, I would have your vet test her blood work. My mare ended up having EMND (vit E deficiency) and it caused more problems then I EVER thought were possible from nutritional deficiencies.
Good luck!!
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    01-04-2013, 02:26 PM
  #13
Weanling
I, too, agree with the possibility of a fractured/broken pelvis.
     
    01-04-2013, 04:36 PM
  #14
Started
Has anybody looked into OCD? We had a few TBs that required an op to treat it back when I worked at a stud.
     
    01-04-2013, 04:41 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Maple    
Has anybody looked into OCD? We had a few TBs that required an op to treat it back when I worked at a stud.
Also a possibility... but does it usually appear that high up? I thought it was usually a hock thing? Perhaps Im mistaken? I don't have much experience with it.
     
    01-04-2013, 04:47 PM
  #16
Weanling
Have you checked for stroke? Seeing as she only has weakness on one side? Idk, just an idea..
     
    01-04-2013, 04:50 PM
  #17
Foal
Next to Rood and Riddle, Haygard is tops! You don't need this forum when you've got the best in the country on your team! :)
     
    01-05-2013, 05:38 AM
  #18
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Originally Posted by OneFastHorse    
Also a possibility... but does it usually appear that high up? I thought it was usually a hock thing? Perhaps Im mistaken? I don't have much experience with it.
The few cases I've dealt with, it's been in the stifle... I've only dealt with it a few times, and not in years as we didnt have another case after they changed the brand of feed. The barn owner was adament that was part of the problem, but obviously no proof that there is any connection.
     
    01-05-2013, 05:47 AM
  #19
Foal
We had a young gelding that had a groin injury after a nasty fall. That combined with a little natural instability, he was still growing, gave the appearance of injury above stifle near hip. Hopefully, it's a groin pull. Takes a while to heal but no damage done.
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    01-08-2013, 04:52 AM
  #20
Trained
'popping splints' when untrained/unworked at that age rings alarm bells. That for some reaason his bones arent 'closing' as they should, which makes me thing the person who suggested pelvis moving in n out of place may be spot on. I wouldnt be riding/working this horse until prob is (hopefully) resolved. May be an OCD or nutritional prob... but hopefully nothing more than a soft tissue prob - pinched nerve or such.
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