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    04-18-2012, 01:44 PM
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Foal
Lame for 6 months - help!

Last year I adopted a horse who had been abandoned. It took a bit to get her healthy again and eventually I started some nice training with her and she was doing very well. Then, suddenly, one day she went lame, and has been, for the last 6 months.

Firstly, the vet found she had an abscess in the coronet of her hoof. So we treated her for that, and she appeared to be sound again after not very long.

However, soon after this we found her opposite knee was swollen and she was lame again - we got x-rays and put her on painkillers etc to deal with this. Turned out her leg was perfectly okay, and that it was her other leg - I don't know how the vet could have got this wrong!

Anyway, he found that the abscess that had apparently cleared up appeared to be travelling down her hoof, so we got the farrier out, and for a good 2 months I poulticed her hoof, and lots of pus came out.

Eventually she seemed to approve A LOT, going from very lame in walk to not lame at all, only lame in trot. But this still was staying the same. We left her hoof fully grow back, and she still appeared to be lame, so the farrier came out to see her and informed us that he didn't think it was her hoof that was causing this lameness at all anymore.

He feels himself that it may be arthritis or joint problems - he feels that she looks like an ex race horse and maybe this is why. Another reason is that even while standing still, every now and then she will slightly lift her leg and sway it a bit. But at other times, she appears to put all her weight on it without it bothering her.

The yard owner also feels that it may be joint problems - he had a horse with bad arthritis for a number of years.

What I'm wondering is why, if it is her joints, she didn't exhibit any problems before the initial lameness? And why would it only be now that she's suffering from it. Would it not come on more slowly?

I have bought some joint supplement and I'm going to try her on it for a bit and see if she improves. If not, I'll get the vet out yet again. I just feel after all this, how much trust can I put in the vet making an accurate diagnosis.

She is about 10-12 years old, so I have been told anyway.
     
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    04-18-2012, 02:07 PM
  #2
Weanling
The provided diagnostic information doesn't paint a clear picture of what is going on with this horse. If you could post photographs of the xrays, both the suspect carpal joint (knee) and any photos taken of the abscessed hoof, that may provide opportunity for better counsel.

Given you are in Ireland, a more effective solution would be for you to contact a farrier named John McLoughlin. John is a bit more than the average farrier. I'd be more inclined to refer to him as an artist.

John is located in Kildare county, about two hours from you, and can be reached at 087-7417686 (mobile number). He's a master farrier with the Irish Farriery Register. Transport your horse to him. It will be worth the trip.

Cheers,
Mark
     
    04-19-2012, 05:32 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Horseman56    
The provided diagnostic information doesn't paint a clear picture of what is going on with this horse. If you could post photographs of the xrays, both the suspect carpal joint (knee) and any photos taken of the abscessed hoof, that may provide opportunity for better counsel.

Given you are in Ireland, a more effective solution would be for you to contact a farrier named John McLoughlin. John is a bit more than the average farrier. I'd be more inclined to refer to him as an artist.

John is located in Kildare county, about two hours from you, and can be reached at 087-7417686 (mobile number). He's a master farrier with the Irish Farriery Register. Transport your horse to him. It will be worth the trip.

Cheers,
Mark
Thank you for the reply and for the contact. I think I will first go to John Hyde (not sure if you have heard of him), as he is regarded as one of the best horse vets in Europe, and his practice is just down the road. If he can't help, I shall try John McLoughlin.

The x-rays were from her other knee, not the one that is currently lame. I don't have any photos of the abscess either, unfortunately.
     

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