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    10-25-2011, 07:54 PM
My horse is off at the trot!

Hi all,

My horse, Jessie, has started limping last week. We gave him a week without riding and still today he was off. We started my lesson by lounging him. He was ok on the left, but on the right and only at the trot he was limping. Same last week too. His canting looked good, but not graceful. He never is anyway.

There is no heat or swelling in his legs of hooves. Since it's only in one direction I don't think it would be his hooves or legs anyway. I'm thinking shoulder maybe?? I believe it's his front right. But he limped more when going up hill and was fine down hill. (the ring I lounge him in is not even, but also limped on flat ground.) That makes my instructor think maybe it's his back end?

Five years ago when training for racing he bowed a tendon in his front leg. So he was never raced and instead given to me. I hope it's not bothering him now.

And it has been raining a LOT so maybe he slipped when horsing around with his buddies. Any thoughts?
Thanks! :)
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    10-25-2011, 08:14 PM
We had a horse at our barn pop a splint a few weeks ago. He was off for about a week and now is fine. Only a vet could tell you for sure.
    10-25-2011, 08:18 PM
Ok, thank you. I'll look into that.
    10-25-2011, 11:20 PM
I'd love to see a video (going both ways)
    10-26-2011, 12:18 AM
Just went through this with my gelding, Scooby. Only to the right, and only at the trot was 3 out of 5 lame. (for the details I wrote it all down in my "countdown to APHA worlds member journal - its in the last few pages)...

Anyway, we had the vet out two days after initial lameness noticed. Had him blocked and had an 80 percent improvement - hoof testers showed problem in hoof (vet says majority of front lameness problems are within the hoof). Did x-rays and saw no cause of lameness - diagnosed soft tissue injury but unknown exactly what type.

Put him on stall rest for three weeks, with two periods of 5 days of 2 grams of bute per day to minimize damage caused by inflammation. He also had no heat or swelling.

After three weeks (this morning actually) vet and farrier came out and Scooby was 80 percent better, only slightly noticeably off at the trot ( 1 out of 5 on scale). Did some corrective shoeing (gave him a wedge rail shoe) and he improved to 90 percent - not noticeable.

My vet bill was 500. For lameness exams, nerve blocks, xrays, bute, and updated shots for both of my horses. Bottom line is immediate intervention is always cheaper in the long run, Scooby was sore because he is conformationally challenged and we weren't trimming and shoeing him correctly - correcting that quickly gave his soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, etc) some relief before serious and possibly irreversable damage was done.

Scooby has been given the clearance to resume riding.

Good luck with your guy, I recommend getting a good vet and farrier involved as soon as possible.
    10-26-2011, 02:04 AM
As was said above, most lameness in horses is in the hoof. Probably 90% of the time the problem is in the hoof. Consult a vet as soon as possible and if you have a really good farrier bring him/her in as well. Often a well educated farrier will know much more about treating lameness than a vet.
    10-26-2011, 02:16 AM
^ But a vet may very well be better at diagnostics.

Just because the limp is only in one direction doesn't mean you can rule out certain areas for lameness. It could very well still be the hoof, or a flare-up of the old tendon injury. Time to shell out the dollars and call in a professional.
    10-26-2011, 02:41 AM
Originally Posted by bubba13    
^ But a vet may very well be better at diagnostics.

A vet has to learn about the entire horse and every other domestic animal from top to bottom and from nose to tail. A farrier has to learn about the distal limb of an equid and not much else. So aside from taking x-rays the farrier is probably much better at diagnosing lameness than the vet and is undoubtedly better at treating them.
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    10-26-2011, 11:58 AM
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
So aside from taking x-rays
Or ultrasound or thermography or treadmill/electrode tests or some flexion exams....

the farrier is probably much better at diagnosing lameness than the vet and is undoubtedly better at treating them.
Except when it comes to injections, antibiotics, applications of most medications, Adequan/Legend, shockwave therapy, surgery, or the like....
    10-26-2011, 12:40 PM
First of all I wouldn't ride a horse that is limping. Because depending on what the problem is you may worsen the condition. Yes, vet all the way. I do prefer farrier when it comes to hoofs (say taking care of the abscess or frog), but when you simply don't know I'd go with the vet.

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