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post #1 of 27 Old 08-29-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Is my horse stiff or am I seeing something not there?

Yesterday when I went to take my horse out I noticed that his right back leg was swollen but there was not tenderness or heat coming from it so I assumed it was him just stocking up from being in the stall and so I took him out and round penned for a few minuets and after his leg was no longer swollen. I recorded me round penning so I could review further and ask other people's opinions. I think he might be stiff in the right hip maybe? I'm not sure because it's not that noticeable, but I could just be thinking I see something that's not really there. Does anyone see what I see or am I loosing my mind?

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post #2 of 27 Old 08-29-2012, 06:18 PM
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This might be just me, but it looks to me like he's working a lot by picking his front feet up, and tripping a lot because he has a lot of heel, but he doesn't look necessarily stiff...
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This might be just me, but it looks to me like he's working a lot by picking his front feet up, and tripping a lot because he has a lot of heel, but he doesn't look necessarily stiff...
I do know that he is really long, he is due for a trim and is scheduled to get it done next week. I am also going to have the farrier to trim his feet a little more than last time. He does have a club foot so it can't be trimmed perfect but it could be a lot better, I agree.
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He looks short strided, not moving his shoulders. If anything, I think it's the rear end, right hock looks off to me.
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He looks short strided, not moving his shoulders. If anything, I think it's the rear end, right hock looks off to me.
Could it just be that he's moving so slow that it looks weird? He is not the most willing horse in the round pen unless you are on him so maybe it's just his slow jog that makes everything else look off?
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Could be. How is he when you ride him? Does he willingly move out, round his back, pick up gaits smoothly, get his leads? Or does he stumble somewhat, shuffle, resent bit contact, easily distracted? Horses will give you clues if they are hurting, you just got to know what to look for.
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Could be. How is he when you ride him? Does he willingly move out, round his back, pick up gaits smoothly, get his leads? Or does he stumble somewhat, shuffle, resent bit contact, easily distracted? Horses will give you clues if they are hurting, you just got to know what to look for.
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Well he is has only been ridden since the middle of May and so he's not perfect. He trips a couple of times but that has only been an issue since his feet are long. He moves out pretty nicely, but he has always been kinda lazy. Once we get warmed up he is very willing to move out. He almost always gets his leads, the only time he seems not to get it is when I get off balance and it throws him off balance. I could try to get a video in the next few days of me riding. I do have multiple pictures that are set in a video format that may help but I will try to to get a video of me riding him so you can judge for yourself.

These pictures/video was taken a couple of months ago and he has gotten better since then and he was also tired from a long ride before the pictures were taken. Please excuse my funny faces.

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He looks pretty stiff and ouchy behind, it does look like he is being a little careful with that right hind, but overall his whole hind end, hips, hocks etc look uncomfortable. It could be that he is just an old guy that warms up slowly? Some horses don't loosen up in the hind end until once they have cantered..hard to tell without knowing him ;)
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He looks like he is not stretching his back legs out completely. But his whole rear end looks uncomfortable for him to move.
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This is a tough one to diagnose. To answer your question, he DOES look stiff. But, to me, it's not localized to his rear right. He moves very oddly in his shoulders. He kind of bounces up and down, rather than striding fore and back. He has hardly any reach at all, in all four limbs, but worse in his front. I see the long heels and the club foot, wondering if both fronts aren't clubbed? Is he shod ?

I wonder if the saddle is perhaps bearing down on his shoulder or crimping them in any way? Just a thought, but I dont' think I've ever seen a horse move so "mincingly".
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