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    09-01-2012, 02:37 PM
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Foal
Exclamation Not sure what`s wrong with my horse

I have a purebred arab 13 yr old mare. Lately she`s been not exactly limping but really shifty and un-even. We had a farrier come out the second day (she`s been limping for about 6 days now). He didn`t see anything abnormal but she was acting up and she`s never done that before;I`ve only had her for a few months so I would hate for something to go really wrong. I`ve massaged her legs, stretched them. I didn`t feel any hot spots or swelling at all. She`s ALOT less hyper since we got her since the day I test rode her i`ve noticed as well. She doesn`t refuse to walk or anything but she acts like its kinda sore. I pick out her feet reguarly and she doesnt have rocks or hills to climb on so I don`t see why she is so sore. After feeding she used to canter off back into the pasture, she doesnt do that anymore...I feel really bad cause I feel like she`s depressed. She used to have a horse in a pasture next to her at her boarders now she just has a donkey and some goats.the vet said she had foundered but she`s recovered now. Anyone have any idea whats wrong with her?
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    09-01-2012, 03:20 PM
  #2
Weanling
Its probably best to check her back for pain too (a vet wll be able to give a clearer diagnosis that yourself) as she could have twisted it or bumped it playing or rolling in the field and its stiff and sore to move- hence why she no longer canters off and is reluctant to be as 'hyper' as before. The vet may give bute if they think it is pain, but wait for a vets diagnosis before giving any medication yourself.

Did you get a pre purchase vet exam before you got her? Did anything minor show up there which may be shining through now?

She's beautiful btw
     
    09-01-2012, 03:28 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Could be a million different things really, but the first thing that comes to my mind is arthritis. Yes, she is on the young side, but arthritis can definitely hit at any age. If she was exercised a lot before and isn't as much now, that can have a detrimental affect on an arthritic horse.

Depression doesn't account for change in movement, so I wouldn't look too hard down that road.

How soon after you got her did you feel that her energy level was decreasing? Maybe a change in feed affected that. It may or may not be related to the soreness.

Try to locate where she is sore. Poke and prod her all over and watch her reactions as you go along. Somewhere she will likely tense, flinch, flick her tail... do something to give you a starting point.

When did the vet say she's OK? Now, or when you got her? A horse that has foundered once, is often genetically prone to founder and needs to be watched carefully. If she's foundering again, you need to deal with it pronto.

Good luck.
     
    09-01-2012, 03:36 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by OwnedByAlli    
Its probably best to check her back for pain too (a vet wll be able to give a clearer diagnosis that yourself) as she could have twisted it or bumped it playing or rolling in the field and its stiff and sore to move- hence why she no longer canters off and is reluctant to be as 'hyper' as before. The vet may give bute if they think it is pain, but wait for a vets diagnosis before giving any medication yourself.

Did you get a pre purchase vet exam before you got her? Did anything minor show up there which may be shining through now?

She's beautiful btw
We`ve had a vet out about 4 weeks ago for our donkey and she gave her a check up while she was there. She was being shifty then too. She didnt say anything was wrong with her back but she may had missed it. We currently can`t get another vet out for 1/2 finances and 1/2 my nana who feeds her and pays for her and what not. The only vet in our area will only come out for 150 plus 50 for a check-up and more if we get medication like we did for our donkey.So against my judgement and please she refuses to call out a vet because she thinks she is going to get better on her own.We actually did not get a pre-purchase exam from a vet but we had our trainer come out and look at her and he had said if we didnt want her he did so we took it as a good sign xD but neither the farrier or vet had pointed anything out they thought would be a problem.My aunt thinks she just isnt a very well squared horse.But she took off in a canter first time I rode her and she hasnt cantered for me since.Its really frustrating, especially when I had planned on jumping her xD oh well and thanks
     
    09-01-2012, 03:48 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
Could be a million different things really, but the first thing that comes to my mind is arthritis. Yes, she is on the young side, but arthritis can definitely hit at any age. If she was exercised a lot before and isn't as much now, that can have a detrimental affect on an arthritic horse.

Depression doesn't account for change in movement, so I wouldn't look too hard down that road.

How soon after you got her did you feel that her energy level was decreasing? Maybe a change in feed affected that. It may or may not be related to the soreness.

Try to locate where she is sore. Poke and prod her all over and watch her reactions as you go along. Somewhere she will likely tense, flinch, flick her tail... do something to give you a starting point.

When did the vet say she's OK? Now, or when you got her? A horse that has foundered once, is often genetically prone to founder and needs to be watched carefully. If she's foundering again, you need to deal with it pronto.

Good luck.
I have mentioned artheritis and I have medication for equine for soreness and I think artheritis is on it as well I might end up trying that, I just have to make sure it`s safe because the vet gave it to us for our donkey and it had worked WONDERS on her, she`s over 20 and she acts like a 12 year old now xD I think it`s in her left front foot, she doesnt like me or anyone else to pick it up. When my uncle tried to pick it out she tried to rear.And with the foundering the vet told us the same exact thing xD We cut the grass frequently and she gets no molasses in her treats and gets only a quarter scoop of whole oats a day (her vets recommendation she was a little chubby also)...I felt her start to get a little lazier hmm around Febuary of this year and we got her in middle december.I meantioned her getting lazy to my family and they said it was because I can`t ride her daily. I worked on her ALOT this summer and I felt like it didnt make a difference at all...
     

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