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    12-14-2012, 11:02 PM
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Best of luck!!!
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    12-15-2012, 12:29 AM
I know you have already tried a few avenues, but it is not uncommon to have this mystery lameness and then after consulting a equine sports massage therapist to get some answers. Even a simple evaluation from an ESMT could likely help to pinpoint what is going on. 60% of your horses is weight is muscle. Their tendons are tight and can become torn when their muscles are tight. It is unfortunately that no one has mentioned this to you yet. For some reason equine bodywork is a somewhat ignored resource. Depending on where you are located I would think that an ESMT could come do a free eval for you.

It could be that he is incredibly tight or has some back issues. As for you seeing something wrong with his right front and hind left, if that is correct, it could very likely be muscular and could be greatly improved with massage, in the least it will be pinpointed. He may have a muscle injury in the either front or hind, which the horse will compensate for and usually manifest in the opposite diagonal.

A book that EVERY horse owner should have is Beating Muscle Injuries for Horses
By Jack Meagher - Hamilton Horse Associates, 1985. I highly recommend it.

Good luck and let us know how things go!
    12-15-2012, 12:30 AM
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Here is another great list of resources!
    12-15-2012, 12:39 AM
Okay one more thing! The Equistix!! I am an ESMT and I tell everyone about this awesome way to massage your horse, as well as warm up and cool down adequately so you can avoid issues like this. It can't replace equine massage by a person but it can make a huge difference!! This is a great blog by equus athletics who makes the Equistix. I am sure this could be informative and helpful as well

Tips on How, Where, and Why to Massage Your Horse | My Equine Athlete
    12-15-2012, 01:27 AM
I've had a mystery hind end thing with my mare for the last year, since I adopted her. Here is one of the threads:

Conformation problem in hind end?

I call her 'Noodle Legs'. She has been seen by vets, chiro, massage therapist x 3, trainers, farriers and horse friends. She reminds me of the scare crow on the Wizard of Oz at times. Her hind end seems like it needs to be tightened she is loose. Some say she may be gaited. I had another trainer look at her while I rode her the other day that was scratching her head saying she thought maybe she was gaited.

She is only 3, just started under saddle and is a draft cross. So, many variables here....still growing, unbalanced and trying to figure it all out. It seems, when I take her on trails leading her, that her stifle may lock on the down hill. Her jog is soooooo easy to sit and relaxed, but when she comes down to a walk, she swings out her hip or something dramatic. After a lope, she may trip all over herself coming down to a trot or walk. At the trot, she seems to criss cross her legs. Sometimes she does well, other times, she is a mess.

So weird. Please keep an update on any progress. I'd be very interested in your findings.
    12-15-2012, 12:59 PM
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I agree right hind but do not think it is stifle.
I have come across this before when a lame horse will walk and canter but dislikes trotting and, despite nerve blocks and all sorts of testing we were unable to come to any diagnosis.

The use of Farady machine and trying to find where with Applied Kinesiology, did nothing to help.
I was sure that this horse had pulled something high up in his groin. He spent four weeks in a loose barn, he did trot up sound after this but then was lame a couple of days later!
In the end he had four months out at grass and was perfectly sound afterwards - never had a problem there for the rest of his life.

I would say to just let him be, turn him out and forget him for a few months and let nature take its course.

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