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post #1 of 6 Old 05-29-2013, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Problem with Left Hind--Thought splints but thinking more now :(

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I have a horse that has left hind lameness. Sorry for the book but I thought the history is important. She kicked the trailer late april/early may and we had an appointment beginning of may at the teaching hospital already for lameness in her right front. They found slight rotation in the right front, but couldn't locate the lameness in her left hind with nerve blocks though she displayed moderate lameness in the lameness locator. They said they didn't see any indications of a kicking injury though the farrier noticed heat/swelling a few days prior. They instructed me to exercise her as much as possible as they thought that would help her as they believe she has cushings disease or EMS or both along with diet restrictions and grazing muzzle.

I did continue to exercise her as they instructed and noticed middle of may she had swelling in that left hind near the splints. I gave her bute and rested her. After a few days of bute and no improvement I contacted the vet who told me to wean her of the bute and rest her. I noticed heat after I called the vet and my trainer told me to cold hose her. It has been 2 weeks Sat and I still feel heat despite icing her (switched to ice due to all the rain and poor footing) and rubbing with liminent. I'm worried it could be more as the swelling is on both sides, though near the splints its also near the fetlock. I'm attaching some images so you can let me know if any of you have experienced something similar or can share your thoughts. I have a call in to the vet but I'm very worried while I wait :( I'm atttaching some images that may be of help. The first 2 images are of the left hind that's injured, the other 2 are the right hind for comparison.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-29-2013, 04:44 PM
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Hard to tell much from the pics could you get a video of her moving around?
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Not really, she's supposed to be on rest so I'm not exercising her at all. You can't tell much when she's walking. She will put her weight on it too as she will cock both hind legs while resting, but it is painful when I touch it too much. I talked to the vet early evening and have an appointment tomorrow. Definitely worried though.
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Where did the lameness locator indicate the lameness, which limb, also was it an impact or a pushoff lameness?
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Originally Posted by monkeyman View Post
Where did the lameness locator indicate the lameness, which limb, also was it an impact or a pushoff lameness?
The left hind is where it indicated the lameness but I don't remember them mentioning if it was impact or pushoff.
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Well took her to the vet and they believe she is foundering. :( the vet didn't seem concerned at all about the left hind...actually told me to start riding her. The heat is gone and his assistant didn't see the swelling though the doc did. Anyway, because of her weight and likely cushings/EMS or both so they want me to get back to riding. Unfortunately now she will be on a grazing muzzle almost 24/7. He said I can let her graze without the muzzle 2 hrs but not more than 4. My mother-n-law reminded me that they fertilized again this year and their pasture is rich as her gelding and a donkey that past had a history of foundering. So, not sure if I should let her have the 2 hrs of grazing or not. Right now the footing is so bad in the barn and stalls due to the extensive rainfall that its not a great option. Plus my mare has been on 5-6 acres of pasture with free access to the barn so I don't think she would adjust well to stall life. Doc said another foundering episode and we could be in big trouble as she already has a very small rotation in her right front due to a mild bout of laminitis. He said navicular is next and then borrowed time. Praying this grazing muzzle is enough and going to read up even more on laminitis/founder.
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