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post #1 of 7 Old 01-10-2012, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question My horses ankles popped...???

I was getting my horse ready to ride and reached down to pick out his rear feet, and both his ankles popped (similar to popping fingers...). He definatley seemed uncomfortable with it, and I don't recall ever having felt a horse's ankle pop before. I checked for soreness, and he seemed fine, and we worked very lightly just some walking and trotting in the roundpen. Anyone else dealt with this before?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-10-2012, 10:29 PM
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He could be stiff from the cold? I'm not sure.. I know when my hips get stuck and they pop, it feels bleh for a moment but then I can move properly again. Could be the same deal for the horse.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-10-2012, 10:45 PM
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My horses ankles have popped a few times when i was picking her feet. I thought nothing of it, then went out to ride and she was perfectly fine!
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-10-2012, 11:30 PM
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It is probably just that, the joint stiffened and needed popped. Unfortunately because they are always standing on their feet, and the added weight, it doesn't feel like popping your knuckles. Think of it more of like if you were kneeling and went to get up but pressed down on the leg that was still under you to get up and it popped against the ground. It is very possible that this is simply because of cold weather. With my horse and the horses I use to take care of I tap on their leg and verbally ask them to lift and when they move their foot I will pull up until they pick it all the way up and pop it on their own if it needs done. Always stretch before riding, especially if the joints are popping. My uncles horses is 28 and has severe arthritis, to the point of not lifting his legs if he doesn't have to. I got him to pick up his leg so i could stretch him and his joints popped and the next time I saw him he was running full out through the hay

It all depends on Medical History, age, diet, temperature. Keep an eye and if it keeps happening maybe try a joint supplement.

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-11-2012, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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He is only 4 1/2, and I live in az, the low temp today was 72, so i'm sure it's not weather or age, I was just concerned because I havent (in 20+years) ever felt it happen in both feet so i was a little concerned,. THX everyone!
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-11-2012, 07:13 AM
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I could have been just a gas build up in the joint. My own personal ankles will pop a lot and my chiropractor said it is a gas build up in the joint. My horses ankle does this quite often. If it continues to happen, you might think about a joint supplament just for an extra boost for his joints. I started giving my horse this, so hopefully it will make a change in him.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-15-2012, 02:29 PM
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I have read online that some horse owners put a splash of apple cider vinegar in their water, and the "popping" went away. Opinions?
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