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        08-07-2013, 01:54 PM
    Retired Racer, I'm sorry that you feel that this forum is unfriendly... Really its not. Maybe the people answering this thread were a little blunt, but I'm sure they didn't mean it!
    I have nothing to add except the best of luck with your mare :)
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        08-07-2013, 01:59 PM
    Green Broke
    FWIW I worked for a few years foaling mares on "an exquisite" Race Horse breeding establishment. No one found it disrespectful to refer the establishment as a [breeding] farm.

    Handled some lovely lovey animals.. including the winner of the South American Triple Crown for fillies winner and others sold at Fasig Tipton in Saratoga. Some were held back and raced. Had a nice Cure the Blues mare there. Lovely animal.

    I am sure your mare is a wonderful animal. Would not question that.
        08-07-2013, 02:03 PM
    RR, there is no need to go on calling names.

    Favoring a leg means that the horse is lame. Mildly so, maybe, but lame nonetheless. Lameness can be from muscle soreness, damage to bony structures or soft tissue, or any combination thereof.
    We cannot diagnose what is wrong with your horse over a forum. Wish we could - it would certainly make life easier!
    It is well past time you call a vet for this mare if you're wanting to ride. If she's going lame (yep there's the L word!) 15 minutes into a ride, something isn't right, and a veterinarian is going to be the only one with the right tools to get to the bottom of the problem. Don't you want to do what's right for your horse? Calling a vet is the first step.
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        08-07-2013, 02:45 PM
    Originally Posted by Retired Racer    
    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?
    Unfortunately, a lot of breeders are not 100% honest when selling ex race horses, or the owners aren't as knowledgeable as they claim to be. I have worked as a vet tech with only lameness in racehorses (TB, QH, STBD). I have a pretty good idea that the 'blown knee' they are referring to is most likely a slab fracture and/or chipping to the 3rd carpal bone in the knee. Sometimes time will heal these kinds of injuries, but if she is going lame after only a light ride it is more than likely that the joint space is compromised by arthritis or actual bone fragments in the joint space/ joint capsule.

    Regularly bone chips in the joint space don't bother horses in light riding once the initial damage has healed and the fracture has healed, but over time these chips can move/ shift and cause discomfort. Do you know if she has had surgery after her injury? If she has, and the veterinary surgeon is a good one, there will likely not be a lot of arthritis (again dependent on the severity of the initial injury).

    We have had success with helping horses become more comfortable with Hyaluronic Acid and Depo injections into the joint space, as we as IM Adequan/ Legend can also help with inflammatory reactions and arthritis.

    I would suggest getting some x-rays (they really aren't as expensive as most people think) from your vet and see what they say will help as all of this is dependent on what the knee actually looks like inside. There are plenty of therapies for injuries like this one and can help your horse be ridable and comfortable, it really just depends on how much you would like to spend.

    Until you get a vet out though, I would suggest not riding. It may not be and and I realize that you would never intentionally put your horse in discomfort, but I think not riding until you know the issue with her knee would be the best for her.
        08-07-2013, 03:30 PM
    Thank you Cappaloosa. You information has eased my worry of never riding her again. The first few times I have ridden her were light rides in the lot. Once down the street and back and she never showed this "favor". This last time I rode her down the street and around the neighborhood (I live in a horse friendly town) and we trotted for maybe 2 minutes in the lot. I don't feel as if she were limping per say, but her stride definitley felt different as she walked. I am not sure if she had surgery to repair her injury. I will however call the breeder and find out details of the injury and how it was managed. I am thinking that she will be ok to ride lightly (nothing but a walk) every once in awhile. She's not a work horse by no means and is retired so she should enjoy her retirement and not be expected to work hard. I will call my vet and ask him what he thinks. My original post was simply asking if there are any supplements or remedies to help her. I was obviously misunderstood and automatically labeled as someone who does not have the best interest for my horse. Which angers me. I own 2 retired racehorses both with healed injuries from the same breeder. I am certain they are not lying. Thank you for you information. I appriciate your professionalism and ability to be helpful, not bashing.
        08-07-2013, 03:34 PM
    Without knowing the injury, there is no way we could recommend supplements or any sort of treatments. Hence why the replies have been suggesting a vet.
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        08-07-2013, 03:46 PM
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