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post #1 of 3 Old 03-16-2007, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Popping heal

Okay I am very upset. I went to get my horse and she was limping. her leg was swelled and a little warm but thats not the worst part. When she walked it looked like her ankle was actually popping. Thenwhen she straightened her leg it made a horrible creeking noise and then snapped like a tree branch breaking. She still puts some weight on it the vet couldn't come out yet I am so worried. Has anyone ever experienced this? She is my first horse and the people I board with have never seen anything like this and they have been in the business forever.

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-17-2007, 10:59 PM
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how old is the horse? also, is it a front leg or a hind leg? a lot of times younger horses can get what's called a "locked stifle" but this occurs in the hind legs. What happens is the tendons in the stifle move and cause the patella to "lock" and when they unlock it it sounds awful (like the popping tree branch you described) but I would suggest having a vet come out. Let me know though, I'm a pre-vet student and am curious as to these kinds of lameness issues that occur. Thanks. and Good luck.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-21-2007, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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you were right, I think he called it a pulled stifle or something like that and it was her left back. The vet said the noise was her putting it back in place. She is good now. Shes 18 so I thought I was going to have to get a new horse. Shes good now though.

Ps You are going to make a great vet.
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