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post #1 of 5 Old 03-10-2012, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Lame again, but doesn't act like it?

I had Amber's shots and coggins done yesterday, and I had the vet watch her on the lunge and do a general exam (no flexions). She thinks Amber has some hind end lameness.

She gave us bute, told me to give her 1g 2x a day and see if she improved in her movement in the hind end and if she did it probably indicated lameness. She recommended us to another vet for Xrays because that vet has a more advanced Xray machine.

I've had multiple opinions on Amber's toe dragging. Amber's kinesiologist found no lameness, and my trainer though she was moving fine aside from that. Her previous vet gave her a hock injection, which didn't make any difference, and she recommended I not get Xrays because she said she'd still end up injecting the hock.

Amber drags both, but one side more. However she doesn't act like she's in pain under saddle. She's willing to go forward and is very relaxed. She doesn't favor any side, and never misses a lead. She gets auto changes over the small courses we've been doing (although we've only been jumping about once a week).

Obviously I'm not expecting to get a diagnosis here on the forum, but while we're playing the waiting game with this "bute test" and waiting to get her Xrays, I was hoping to get some ideas. The vet said it could be stifles, hocks, possibly in her hips. I'm thinking more towards stifles. She doesn't stab her toes, she just doesn't really lift them when she goes forward. And being that the hock injection didn't do anything, I can't help but think it's something else.

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-10-2012, 10:32 AM
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The only thing you have noticed is her dragging her feet? How old is she? I am having a somewhat similar issue with my 3 year old, but its not just toe dragging, she also has a slight weakness behind, she has issues collecting at the canter and looks lame if she is jogging, but she also looks uncomfortable in her stall, she keeps "banking" the shavings up against the wall and sitting on the wall to relieve her hind end. If were you, I would check out a few different vets and see their opinions. The hind end is hard to diagnose sometimes, but with the hock injections it looks like you have ruled out bone spavins, so it is very possible it is in her stifles or hips. The way I think of it, is you, being the owner of the horse has spent much more time with the horse than the vet has, so I would be skeptical if he/she diagnosed something that you think doesnt really fit, I would definitely double check.
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Amber just turned 8. She never really looks uncomfortable. Sometimes she stands a little camped under, however. She likes to lay down in her stall, I notice.

Amber doesn't really have any issues except the toe dragging - that's what's baffling. She collects beautifully, although we have a harder time at the walk for whatever reason - she doesn't drag her toes under saddle at the walk. She does drag them walking in the pasture though.

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post #4 of 5 Old 03-10-2012, 01:06 PM
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Might be back pain and you just see it in the feet, if that makes sense. It could be any number of things, and it might not be anything. Have you had her teeth done recently? My gelding dragged his back toes until he had his teeth done.

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No, vet ruled out back pain.

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