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    12-06-2011, 07:25 PM
Lesson horse lame off and on for past 4 weeks

I've been taking lessons at this barn since January, pretty much always on the same horse, Molly Rose, even after I moved my TB over there, often times I'll opt to ride Molly because we just click. Molly is a 17ish(not exactly sure how old she is) TB, she raced, not sure how hard or how long ago and she was also a polo pony. She hasn't exactly has had it easy. About 4 weeks ago when I started to trot it just didn't feel right, not exactly lame but just not right. Val(barn owner/instructor) said she wasn't tracking up with her right rear, we tried to see if she was just stiff from being in the night before, she seemed to work out of it a little bit but going around a corner I could feel she was off still. The next week Val said that she had off since my last lesson and that she was moving fine in the pasture but it was the same thing when I got on. Last week she was almost 100% fine, she left a little stiff, but I attributed that to the rain(which it has rained during all these lessons) We did a few small jumps and cantered and she felt good. Now today when I went there(also raining) I took her out of the stall and she even looked off at the walk, so I trotted her in hand and again not tracking up with her right hind. I decided to start feeling her legs to see if I could pinpoint any painful areas, I started with her right rear knee and she pulled it away and was acting like it hurt, then I did it to the left knee, same thing, went to go down her front legs and she pulled her foot away and and started shaking her head, then I went to her hip and again it seemed very painful. Molly is a very tolerant horse and has never giving me any issues before so I'm sure that her pulling the leg away and almost kicking was a pain response and not her being a mare. She has also had issues picking up her left canter lead for the past few months, It's been very hard to get her to pick it up and when she did it left very unbalanced(when she counter-cantered it felt more balanced). She's was started on msm recently thinking that maybe she was starting to become arthritic but It's clearly more then that. She is going to call the vet out but has to get the funds together. In the meantime does anyone have any ideas what could be causing the soreness? My first thought was lyme disease, I'm asking a friend who's a vet tech(small animal) if she would be able to send out the lyme test though the lab they use since I can draw the blood and bring it to her. Any other ideas?
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    12-07-2011, 09:20 PM
Bump...anyone got any ideas?
    12-07-2011, 09:52 PM
What makes you say it's clearly more than arthritis? That would be my first thought, followed by soft tissue damage.
    12-07-2011, 10:09 PM
Originally Posted by bubba13    
What makes you say it's clearly more than arthritis? That would be my first thought, followed by soft tissue damage.
The sudden onset, pain when applying light pressure and it affecting so many areas. It just doesn't seem like arthritis to me. I guess it's possible but with how sore she is to touch I would think something else.
    12-11-2011, 07:34 AM
Sounds very similar to my horse what he used to be like (apart for the being sore to touch in areas). Before I owned him and just rode him In lessons, he came up mysteriously lame is his hind left leg before a little competition in the warmup. There was no indication of soreness when we checked him over, feet were fine, no heat anywhere etc, but he was off completely when in trot and especially canter, we just put it down to he probably knocked it funny during the night etc, he was a little off for a few days then was fine.

After that day I stopped lessons and stopped riding him, didn't see him for a while. He came up for sale in december and we bought him (he is a horse I just clicked with straight away). He was sound, would be fine to ride etc, but he would have his days where he wouldnt track properly in his hind end and would just be off. It wasnt very regular, but he would have days where he would be quite stiff and we thought maybe he is showing signs of arthritis. We then noticed he seemed to be building nice muscle on his right hamstring, but not his left. We got therapy done on him, turns out he was out of place back there, his sacrum was angled down, his hips were slightly out of line and a fair few other things. Turns out, cause of how out of whack he was, his right hamstring was helping to support both his back legs, and cause of how out he was, he didnt even have any glutes built up, had no glutes at all, so I have to do exercises with him to help build them up correctly. Since the therapy he has been much better, starting to get a bit stiff at times again, but that's cause he'll need therapy done on a regular basis to help fix it. Was told he'll also take 6 months to even his hamstrings out again.
So maybe it could be possible she could be a bit out of place somewhere that is causing some discomfort?

Hope you'll be able to find out soon :)
    12-11-2011, 08:52 AM
My riding partner's 18 year old OTTB had a lot of stiffness in his off rear leg. He would be off from time to time and as we rode more that leg would ultimately lock up. He had to stop, then back him a few steps, then move on.

Vet called it a stiffle problem and gave him a shot of estrogen in his neck. That was in the spring, and we've ridden a lot of trails since then without a misstep. Maybe something to consider.

(BTW, he has owned the gelding for 9 years and got him off the track after a very lack luster career.)
    12-17-2011, 08:43 PM
I have been noticing a problem with my young mare, usually after picking out her left rear hoof she will hold her leg up as if in a relaxed position but once I try to move her she starts limping on the left rear. In a shirt time, she is okay and can put her weight on her leg.
Also, when I lunge her to my left, she may occasionlly start limping but after stopping and a brief rest she is okay and shows no sign of a problem. I haven't had the vet out yet but will eventually.
Looking at the leg when she pulls up on it nothing feels hot, or looks swollen and the hoof is okay. Any ideas?
    12-17-2011, 08:44 PM
Stifle issue (locking / luxation of the patella)? Does the leg "catch?"
    12-17-2011, 09:39 PM
Does the leg "catch?" What does that mean? Stifle issue? Can you suggest any remedies?
    12-17-2011, 09:43 PM
Not without an accurate diagnosis. Google "locking stifle" and see if that applies to your horse.

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