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post #1 of 17 Old 08-07-2013, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 13yr old OTTB for ten yrs. Blew her knee at 3 yrs old. Been a broodmare since. I am now using her as a fun horse just to ride through town and enjoy. However, 15 minutes into our ride she begins to favor her front left knee and her back right pastern seems to be a little swollen at times. She loves to get out for a ride and doesnt seem to mind. Any suggestions to make her comfortable before during or after our ride?
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Hi Retired Racer! Welcome to the forum and LOVE the user name!

Have you had the vet take a look at her? What did he/she have to say?

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No, I have not. Our closest vet is 40 miles away. I was just hoping for some suggestions or advice from someone who has experienced the same problem. I didnt feel it was a serious enough problem to haul her to the vet. :)
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When a horse goes lame this quickly in a ride she is unsound and should not be ridden. RARELY an unsoundness in travel is 100% mechanical. Mechanical unsoundness is just that and not painful but the horse is lame ALL THE TIME.

This horse is showing symptoms of pain and riding her lame is.. well... unkind.

Before you can address the issue with palliative care (if it can be so addressed), you need to know what you are dealing with. Quite often a "blown knee" has arthritis and bone chips floating around and the horse was retired to the breeding shed for a reason.

She was probably OK walking around the farm and raising babies.. but she may never be sound enough for riding.

You need to get her to a vet and you need that vet to take Xrays of the knee and the pastern that swells.
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She came straight from the breeder. They had all that taken care of for me and assure that she is ok to ride. Thanks for making me feel like I treated her poorly though. I would NEVER put her through something that I thought was not good for her. Anyone else have any suggestions?
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There is nothing I can suggest for a horse that goes lame 15 minutes into a ride, other than to get off and take the horse to a vet. Sure there is all kinds of supplements & potions to try but in the end it probably won't make your horse sound & cost more than the vet visit, if you are determined to treat this horse to get her sound enough to ride. Good luck.
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If the breeding farm xrayed her, then you know what is wrong with the knee? If you know what is wrong then you need to share that as there is so many different things that can be done palliatively and there are so many injuries that can be a "blown knee."

Sometimes there is nothing that can be done.

One must remember.. that when a horse is for sale the seller is not always entirely honest. A horse that becomes lame during riding does so because of pain.

Not "making you fee like" anything (no one can make you feel.. those are your feelings).

Just addressing the facts as presented here by you. Carry on...

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Jesus people, I didnt say she went lame 15 into the ride. I said she seems to favor. That doesnt seem LAME to me. If I thought she was LAME I wouldnt be riding her. I have seen people ride competition horses with way more wrong than this. Obvisously I am being misunderstood. Sorry I ever bothered with this forum . Should have used better judgment than to ask complete strangers for a little advice.

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She didnt come from a "farm" she came from a exquisite breeder who breeds well bred TBs for the track. I just spoke with him on the phone as a matter of fact. He assures me she is SOUND and not LAME.
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I have a 13yr old OTTB for ten yrs. Blew her knee at 3 yrs old. Been a broodmare since. I am now using her as a fun horse just to ride through town and enjoy. However, 15 minutes into our ride she begins to favor her front left knee and her back right pastern seems to be a little swollen at times. She loves to get out for a ride and doesnt seem to mind. Any suggestions to make her comfortable before during or after our ride?

Favor = lame.

Lame may be slight all the way up to hopping along on 3 legs (various degrees of the issue). Sort of like the human pain scale.. 1 is no pain and 10 is pain that is intolerable.

Your description was all I worked off of as bolded above.

Perhaps starting over and discussing what you know is wrong with her knee and on a scale of 1-10 how much discomfort etc.

No one here can prescribe something or suggest something when it involves a joint as complex as the carpus.

I was not intending to be rude. Remember.. the horse is the first focus of interest and care. You may be quite knowledgeable or very unknowledgeable. No one can know that.

All there is to work with is 5 sentences that are pretty vague?
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