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    09-21-2010, 11:47 PM
Joint or Bone Issues in the Fetlocks

I have a 5 year old Buckskin/Quarter mare who has had some intermitent lameness over the past year. She is traveling very oddly in the rear with her right rear leg swinging so far inside she is almost traveling diagonally. The front is traveling straight but she is paddling with both front feet. She has been thoroughly tested with no diagnosis. She has had a full body bone scan with a nuclear injection and the only concentration of isotopes were in her fetlocks, more in the front than in the rear. Everything checks out fine but she is in pain when traveling downhill and after any but the lightest use. Any ideas?
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    09-22-2010, 11:53 PM
When first reading.. I thought perhaps lamanitis... stepping under herself means she is shifting her weight back... A horse paddling that isn't toed in probably means pain in her feet (unless she is gaited)What about ultrasound? If nothing showed up on x-rays then perhaps it's a tendon or ligament issue.

Post a video if you can. Keep us updated.
    09-23-2010, 08:13 AM
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I would have a chiro check her hips/pelvis area. She could have something going on higher up.

My QH/Appy mare paddles and is not toed in. She's done it her whole life. She does it less when her heels and toes are kept SHORT and is trimmed more frequently. I keep her barefoot so I can trim her more often, and use boots for riding (she's tender footed).

Did the vets check her for ringbone or sidebone? I have a 6yr old mare that has both in one front foot... We think an injury as a younger horse caused her foot to twist to the inside, which ultimately caused the ringbone and sidebone...
    09-23-2010, 06:11 PM
Thanks for the posts! She has not had an ultrasound. She has been blocked in the front starting at the coronet band and working up past the knee. She traveled the same all the way through. She doesn't toe in and she's not gaited.
I did try the chiro and she said it was not chiro related. The vet who did the bone scan was sure we were going to find an injury of some sort in the pelvic area but found nothing out of sorts.
I will try to get a video posted. Will have to take her to an arena so it may be a little bit. I will go back to the vet with the other suggestions. Thanks again for your help!

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