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  • Muzzled mare ulcers

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    11-21-2010, 03:58 PM
Id get her back checked buy a proffesional. Does she get grumpy when you run her hand down over her back or flinch when you are brushing over her back?
Has she had any extended period of time off since you got her?
My mare was being a bit niggly and when I looked back I realised she hadnt had a single break lasting longer than a week in the almost three years I've had her. SO I have turned her out for 4 weeks and have already noticed a great change in her demenour (sp) and she is definitely a lot more friendly now. If you can I would turn her out on hills if you think it could be an idea, hills will keep a good base level of fittness.
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    11-23-2010, 05:18 PM
My guess would be a pulled muscle somewhere in the back and it sounds like it's on her off-side. I'd have the vet take a closer look at her back instead of focusing on her legs.
Would it be possible to give her some time off?
    11-23-2010, 05:39 PM
My immediate thoughts go to high suspensory, check ligament or arthritis. Have an ultra sound done of the "bad" front leg. X rays would not hurt either.
The bute would have helped arthritis, but would not have totally masked a soft tissue issue. Why were flexion tests not performed on the front legs??

I would trailer the horse to a vet clinic where further testing can be done.

Good luck!
    11-23-2010, 05:50 PM
This sounds so close to what was going on with my pony.
Where do you live? It could be lyme disease if ticks are around, so I would have her blood checked.

Also have her teeth checked; that's what ended up being wrong with my pony and it sounds so similar to the way she was acting.
    11-23-2010, 10:01 PM
I am going to be of no help and offer two possibilities, I would start with the shoulder. You may have to get a horse specialist to diagnose a problem in the shoulder as lameness in the shoulder can be very subtle and difficult to pinpoint. If it is the shoulder, or infact any kind of muscle, tendon, sprain/strain then you need to be resting that horse. I recommend magnetic boots for strains and sprains, they really help. Also this is just a personnel opinion okay? But be careful with bute because it masks pain without actually treating an injury and injuries can be exacerbated by over rigorous exercise while the horse feels no pain. If the horse is not in excruciating, unbearable pain then maybe lay off the bute, a small amount of pain will help the horse rest and not put pressure on the injury.

On the other hand the problem with really good doers is that we limit their food which can lead to ulcers. It is not uncommon for ponies that are prone to founder developing ulcers through their owners over zealous weight watching. You said that she is a really good doer and that you have muzzled her thus preventing her from grazing so I would really look at ulcers too if I was you. I sympathize with your food predicament, I struggle with my horse in that regard as well and have to find the balance between filling her foraging requirements while limiting her food intake. This is made harder by the fact that my horse pushes over fences to get to food and would eat till she popped if given half the chance.

So probably no help but those are the two things I would be looking at.

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