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    08-03-2011, 01:12 PM
  #1
Foal
Neck Hypersensitive to Touch

Ok, quick background on horse: 10 YOA Appy, Broodmare until 8. In pretty regular work at this time, mostly long distance trail and trail obstacle work. Horse seems in good health. Fed Alfalfa-Oat/Alfalfa-Bermuda pellets, 3-way/Timothy/Alfalfa hay free choice, carrots, occasional peaches, vitamins. Horse is well hydrated.

Noticed yesterday that she was objecting to touch on the off-side of her neck. When touched with the lightest touch, she will fling her head and come forward. On-side of neck has no problem. Normally I can touch her everywhere without protest.

Noticed that there is an area on her neck that appears "corrugated." Skin is tightly contracted over area. I can touch above or below this area, but ANY touch immediately adjacent or within area causes pain reaction. Area is about 10" behind her head.

Any ideas?
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    08-03-2011, 04:06 PM
  #2
Weanling
Sorry, no help from me, only subscribing...
     
    08-03-2011, 04:32 PM
  #3
Foal
Looks like her neck has a spasm or a vertebrae out. In see it often. Can you get me a full pic of her neck.
     
    08-03-2011, 04:41 PM
  #4
Foal
Larger view:

Thanks for looking.
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    08-03-2011, 04:52 PM
  #5
Foal
Looks like a really good spasm, can you feel underneath
     
    08-03-2011, 05:07 PM
  #6
Foal
It's really difficult to get her to let me touch it. She reacts very strongly. However, I would say it seemed there was a muscle knot right in that area. The musculature also seems more pronounced compared to the on-hand side.

I rode her earlier in the day and she did well. A little stiff flexing on that side, but that is her stiff side.
     
    08-03-2011, 05:10 PM
  #7
Foal
I am willing to bet that she has her 5th cervical vertebrae out. A good chiro can put it in safely.
     
    08-03-2011, 05:37 PM
  #8
Yearling
She is beautiful! I am not too sure what to do here for you but I am interested in what others have to say
     
    08-05-2011, 04:31 PM
  #9
Weanling
How is she now?
     
    08-05-2011, 05:07 PM
  #10
Foal
I have a chiro coming out tomorrow. I'm beginning to think it is an allergy problem causing the contractions. I will update as soon as I know better.
     

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