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    05-21-2010, 09:53 PM
Even if you don't see it happen again I would suggest getting x-rays to see what's going on in there. Hope it was just a one time thing. Good luck.
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    05-21-2010, 10:07 PM
Right, work-related isn't it! Thanks for info!
    05-21-2010, 11:19 PM
Apparently it's common in young horses, horses with straight stifles, and unfit horses. My book suggests increased physical conditioning to improve the muscle strength in her hind end. Hills perhaps? Cavalettis? After that, it recommens surgery, which is guessing is out of the question for you. Hopefully it doesn't come to that. Best of luck. Poor Jynx. =[
    05-21-2010, 11:24 PM
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That's what I'm praying for - it being some weird young horse thing that's a combination of her weak stifles and maybe not being trimmed recently? It just hasn't even set in yet, like I'm just expecting to go out tomorrow and everything to be ok and I just haven't even stopped to think even briefly over what I'm going to do if she isn't.

*sighs* I guess there's nothing can be done except just wait and see. I've called a vet, hopefully he calls me back this weekend and we can set up a consult or meeting to discuss her options. I agree - even if she's fine, I think I'll still have her examined to see what I'm up against and if I can take any proactive measures to prevent joint deterioration.

Thanks guys.
    05-21-2010, 11:28 PM
Green Broke
Mmmm, I have seen this in only one horse before and backing him up a few steps always did the trick. Right royal pain in the butt though. In addition to electrolyte supplements you can add Vitamin E and selenium to her feed which will help with not only the tying up, but also the locking stifle. That's what we used and it seemed to help, good luck with that.
    05-22-2010, 09:41 AM
The post-legged ness definitely does predispose them, but I don't know how you'd put the kind of work on her to build up the muscle she needs considering her age.

The good news is that the horses I've seen the stifle completely locks, and they move sideways dragging the affected leg. The first time I saw it I thought it was a neurological problem. Hers doesn't sound that severe.

I would definitely look at getting her hind feet trimmed differently as well; bound to help, as well as looking into the supplements that sarahver recommended.
    05-22-2010, 10:07 PM
Green Broke
She was absolutely fine today. *shrugs* Checked on her first thing this morning, walked her in straight lines and circles, nothing. Went to do some other things, came back this afternoon and put a ride on her - she was 100% ok.

I'm going to put it off as fluke for now - she had been standing tied for a good 30 minutes and unlike Zierra who "moves around", she basically cocked a hind leg and dozed off while Shay-la worked Eve and we dealt with an issue over the phone. Right after that, I put down grain for Jynx and Zierra, and after they'd eaten half, Zierra squealed at Jynx, so she spun around really hard (and Zierra nipped her butt). It's the ONLY thing I can think of - she moved so abruptly after she'd been dozing, it locked up?

Upon further examination today, I don't Jynx as being SO post legged/weak stifled as for that to be the cause. She's a LITTLE post legged, but it's not overly extreme as she's filled out. The back of her legs line up almost completely with her hind end now.

Anyway, thanks guys, I'll just keep and eye on her and if it happens again, I'll have a vet out to get an exam done and see what to do from here.
    05-22-2010, 10:13 PM
Glad that it doesn't appear to be a constant thing. I am hoping that you are right and she maybe just did something when she whirled away from Zierra and it won't happen again. XX fingers crossed.
    05-22-2010, 10:15 PM
That's good, I'm glad it wasn't a problem today. =]
    05-22-2010, 10:17 PM
Someone at my barn is dealing with this. The vet has x-rayed and told her nothing appears wrong. But when he trots and canters you can totally see the difference especially a the canter. He cannot bend his left (I am pretty sure) hind leg and kind of swings it out and around like you would a crutch. It's strange to watch. He's had injections and she has him on a joint supplement. Vet told her to strengthen him so she's been doing trot poles and lots of walk trot work and says its getting better. His conformation and natural movement (He is post legged) is unusual to watch to begin with, I haven't seen him canter in a couple weeks so I can't say if he's getting better or not.

Best of luck to you!

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