Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Central Coast CA
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Need input on a horse that I am working with
I am a trainer in Central California and one of my clients has brought a horse to me with a variety of musculoskeletal symptoms. I will share with you the symptoms and behaviors and what my suggestions were, what has already been done by the vet. I would be very grateful for any input or observations as I may be missing something. His behavior and body mechanics suggest neurological malfunction, but before suggesting this to the vet or the owner I want to get a few people's input to either verify my conclusion or to debate it.
The vet seems to think it is a minor hock issue.
16 year old TB gelding, 16.2 hands.
Former Plasvac Horse.
Had "lameness issues" as a youngster but non-defining
Reactive to spinal stimulation
Steps far across himself with the right rear, but the step is short and not equal to the gait of the left.
Head tossing under saddle
No obvious inflammation of any of the joints in the legs.
Self-supplication of nursing on his own tounge (not just sticking it out, but actually suckling)
Flexion exercises reveal very tight musculoskeletal reactions in the croup. More lameness post flexion, hard limping.
Drops the left shoulder regularly at a canter
Trips over his own feet regularly whether walk, trot or canter, regardless of flat ground or terrain
Reluctant to flex neck towards right side, more reactive though the spine after any stimulation.
15 minutes into riding all symptoms worsen regardless of workload.
After 20 minutes of work whether under saddle or on the ground the gelding will start to buck at the halt and at the transition to the canter.
Vet has done acupuncture and horse has not improved. Also hock injections of a corticosteroid.
Any observations you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I have always believed that wisdom is found in a multitude of counselors.