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post #1 of 11 Old 11-29-2011, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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One of the front legs is trembling

I'm concerned about something but I really don't understand where's the problem. I've been visiting this Arabian for almost a month now and I noticed that his left front leg is always trembling. Samir is not worked at all for at least half a year. I know nothing about his past. He now have a new owner, the person for whom I work but the stables are still in construction so Samir is staying at his former owners. He will be moved on 6th December and then he will be seen by a vet for a routine examination.

Do you think that his trembling can be caused by something serious? Do you think that I should alert his owners about this?

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-29-2011, 01:22 PM
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What does he do when you make him "lunge" to the right? I noticed it was always left.
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What does he do when you make him "lunge" to the right? I noticed it was always left.
He lunges fine on both sides, I will look careful next time but he doesn't seem to have problems lounging on either side. I was lounging him on the left to see the leg because I was concerned that he may be limping. A week ago he was limping with that leg without any apparent reason. In 2 days he was fine. I can't understand this. I noticed that his leg is trembling from the first day I saw him but I didn't gave it any importance.

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Do you know when he was last seen by a farrier? I knew a mare who would do this with her leg sometimes I never figured out why. I just got the ol "that;s just her" response.
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I have no idea about this. They said that he was never shod but I guess that he was trimmed. He is almost 10 years old (from papers). He is at his former owners for 5 months and he was never been trimmed in this period. So I guess he was trimmed earlier. So more than 5 months for sure. The thing is that his hooves are not in a bad shape, they are just a bit long but not so long that you will be concerned. His feet are surprisingly in a great shape considering the long time from his last trimming. The problem is that he doesn't give me his feet at all. He lifts them if I'm asking but he doesn't hold them at all. I barely can lift them to see if something is wrong. I am not a trainer so I don't have the experience to work on this thing. He will be trained by his trainer when he will be moved at his new owners.

He will also be seen by a farrier after he will be moved. We didn't thought that this is urgent because as I said his hooves are an acceptable length.

But definitely this is something to be considered. Thanks. The thing is that he is trembling with this leg only.

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His leg seems to wiggle when he doesn't stand solid on that leg, as in he has a slight bend to the knee. I've seen other horse do that but never consistently. He appears sound when moving.
I would question why he doesn't always stand solid.
Can you send these videos to a vet for an opinion?
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His leg seems to wiggle when he doesn't stand solid on that leg, as in he has a slight bend to the knee. I've seen other horse do that but never consistently. He appears sound when moving.
I would question why he doesn't always stand solid.
Can you send these videos to a vet for an opinion?
Yes, I could send the videos to his future vet or I can wait to be seen by his vets in 1-2 weeks. I wasn't sure if it something wrong there and I didn't want to sound to paranoid by pointing out something unimportant. Thank you.

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I encourage you to always point out things that may seem wrong as they could be and no one else has noticed them yet!

That is very strange that he won't give you his hooves.. I'd definitely talk with a vet or a few vets.. get opinions. Even if it's not your horse, you could be the only one taking notice and speaking out for this horse.

Good luck
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I encourage you to always point out things that may seem wrong as they could be and no one else has noticed them yet!

That is very strange that he won't give you his hooves.. I'd definitely talk with a vet or a few vets.. get opinions. Even if it's not your horse, you could be the only one taking notice and speaking out for this horse.

Good luck
Thank you. He doesn't give me his legs because I don't think he was trained to do it. I don't understand how he was trimmed before because of this. He has no problems when I touch his legs all over but when I'm trying to pick up a leg he just leaves even if I'm trying to hold it.

I will surely ask the vet when he'll come. Thank you.

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My horse did this for a time , in the same left front leg. But he is currently recovering ( I Hope ! ) from EPM.... I am not saying this horse has EPM , because there are many more symptoms with EPM. But my horse did this for about a week. Then it stopped.... EPM horses have muscle nerve conduction issues, so I assume that is what cased it.... Good luck Patti
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