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post #1 of 8 Old 05-25-2011, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question Lameness on Circle but not on the straight??

Hi Guys,

My horse went lame (her near side front) on a circle about 1-2months ago now, but she is perfectly fine walking, trotting and even cantering on a straight. You wouldn't even notice that she was lame. However, when she went lame to begin with, she was severley lame on the circle. I rested her for a couple off weeks, as at that point in time it was very wet and raining, so we thought to begin with she may have slipped in the paddock and pulled or sprained a muscle, or something along those lines. I lunged her a couple of weeks later, she was still slightly lame, no where near as bad though. We then though she could have a bruse maybe, something wrong with her hoof? So i had the farrier have a look at her and do a hoof test. He got nothing from it. However he did suggest getting the Chiropractor out to her, as she was very tight at the poll, along her back and rump area. There for if she is pinching a nerve some where, that can also send her lame. So i got the chiro out. He did what he does, but she is still lame on the circle.... However, when i lunge now, she is lame to begin with, but once she warms up, she is fine....

We are a bit stuck on what it may be..... We are thinking now, it could be the start of arthritis in her, or it could even be that she is just a bit stiff.... Just after some opinions from others, before i look at getting a vet out to her....

Thank you for your time and help :)
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-25-2011, 09:33 PM
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Could very well be some kind of soft tissue injury.
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As wonderful as the advice COULD be it wont be as valuable as having her evaluated by a vet. The issue has gone on a long time and should be addressed and no one, even a vet could give you any real answers without seeing her in person.

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-26-2011, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by CecilliaB View Post
As wonderful as the advice COULD be it wont be as valuable as having her evaluated by a vet. The issue has gone on a long time and should be addressed and no one, even a vet could give you any real answers without seeing her in person.
My feelings as well.

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Get a vet, you don't want to mess with lameness. Could well be the beginnings of arthritis, as horses will commonly work out of the uneveness as they warm up.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-26-2011, 10:06 PM
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This is what's been going on with Dude for the past month or so..He wet lame last month and was fine after two weeks, and then went lame again. He's only been lame on his right circle, fine straight and on the left. The vet had to reschedule after taking weeks to get the appointment ;; So she still hasn't been out *sigh* Only difference is that he doesn't get better after he's warmed up.
Anyway, I hope she gets better and you find out what happened/what's wrong. Vet would also be the best bet since she's still been lame after a week or so.
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-26-2011, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by WildBrumby View Post
Just after some opinions from others, before i look at getting a vet out to her....

Why not get her a vet? What are your reasons for holding out?
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-26-2011, 10:50 PM
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my mom owns a 27 yr old QH who is stiff to one side. Does your mare turn her head in both directions? Can she bend while riding in a circle? My mom's guy can't bend while on a right hand circle because he's stiff. It seems like your horse isn't the youngest anymore ( if arthritis may be an option) so maybe this is the case? Probably the best thing is to consult a vet though, since each horse is different. Good Luck!
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