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  • Equine muscle knots on 5th cervical vertabrae
  • Horse is hypersensitive to touch

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    08-03-2011, 12:12 PM
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, 03:06 PM
Sorry, no help from me, only subscribing...
    08-03-2011, 03:32 PM
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, 03:41 PM
Larger view:

Thanks for looking.
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    08-03-2011, 03:52 PM
Looks like a really good spasm, can you feel underneath
    08-03-2011, 04:07 PM
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, 04:10 PM
I am willing to bet that she has her 5th cervical vertebrae out. A good chiro can put it in safely.
    08-03-2011, 04:37 PM
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, 03:31 PM
How is she now?
    08-05-2011, 04:07 PM
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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