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post #1 of 6 Old 05-09-2010, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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pulled ham string

hey guys,,,my horse pulled her ham string about 12 months ago now,,vet came out at the time said it was arthritus (shes 23 my horse not the vet lol) anyway,,didnt believe a word of it,,,called an equine touch/Mctimmoney lady out,,who said it was deffo ham string,,,
Done massage etc but still no better,just had physio out who said its VERY rare for a ham string to go,,,she said to ride gently ( I havent ridden her for a year) just wondered if anyone else has experianced this?
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hey guys,,,my horse pulled her ham string about 12 months ago now,,vet came out at the time said it was arthritus (shes 23 my horse not the vet lol) anyway,,didnt believe a word of it,,,called an equine touch/Mctimmoney lady out,,who said it was deffo ham string,,,
Done massage etc but still no better,just had physio out who said its VERY rare for a ham string to go,,,she said to ride gently ( I havent ridden her for a year) just wondered if anyone else has experianced this?
Arthritis cannot be definitively diagnosed without radiographs. And, actually it is not rare (or even very rare) for the semi-membranosus or semi-tendonosus (which make up the "ham strings") to become injured. They often scar or mineralize and form what is called a fibrotic myopathy. If you want more info, google "fibrotic myopathy".

My horse has FM in his right hind. It has been vetted by several top notch vets who assure me that it causes him little to no pain but that it is a "mechanical" lameness. He usually warms out of it and does just fine but it does cause a funny slapping type gait before he is fully warmed up. We even jump and he does fine. Of course I take very good care of it by carefully warming up and cooling down and stretching him gently after every ride. He absolutely loves it when I massage the spot.

Probably more info about my case than you wanted to know, but in case it is FM, just wanted to assure you that this doesn't mean your horse can't still be used. In fact my guy still showed jumping 2'6" and schooled higher through it, but if this is a high level performance horse, it could be limiting. Anyway, I'd get a second opinion (or I guess, third) from a vet. Good luck.
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thankyou so much

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Arthritis cannot be definitively diagnosed without radiographs. And, actually it is not rare (or even very rare) for the semi-membranosus or semi-tendonosus (which make up the "ham strings") to become injured. They often scar or mineralize and form what is called a fibrotic myopathy. If you want more info, google "fibrotic myopathy".

My horse has FM in his right hind. It has been vetted by several top notch vets who assure me that it causes him little to no pain but that it is a "mechanical" lameness. He usually warms out of it and does just fine but it does cause a funny slapping type gait before he is fully warmed up. We even jump and he does fine. Of course I take very good care of it by carefully warming up and cooling down and stretching him gently after every ride. He absolutely loves it when I massage the spot.

Probably more info about my case than you wanted to know, but in case it is FM, just wanted to assure you that this doesn't mean your horse can't still be used. In fact my guy still showed jumping 2'6" and schooled higher through it, but if this is a high level performance horse, it could be limiting. Anyway, I'd get a second opinion (or I guess, third) from a vet. Good luck.
thankyou,,omg,,i feel sooooo much better,,ive had NO help or advice atall,,it is mechanical,,,im going to ride her to moz,just gently,,,thankyou again,,,,
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if this works,,,this is Nakyta
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aw, she's cute. I would definitely get the all clear from a vet before riding her, just to make sure she's not in pain. I had three surgeons repeatedly assure me that Tan was not hurting and could be ridden before I would ride him. We have to give our seniors all the love and care they deserve!
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absolutely,,my physio pulled her from piller to post,,and she said she would have definitely kicked out or done something if she was in pain but she didnt even flicker,,so touch wood,,x
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