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    09-24-2012, 08:40 PM
Green Broke
Question about horses being lame...

So my mare has some mild arthritis, a club foot, and a slight broken back heel axis all in one leg/foot. She's always been off because of her disformed club hoof but her arthritis has gotten worse to the point where she was lame going clockwise but it was unnoticeable counter clockwise. Her bad foot is the left front but she was limping on the right front. So, I figured it was something to do with her right front but vet says that when horses are lame they limp on the foot opposite of the one in pain which I've never even heard..

Is this correct? Or maybe in my situation it is ?

Anyway she did put my mare on previcox though but I'm not so sure that she would be limping on her right front when her left front was the one that was the problem according to the vet. Like, it wasn't noticeable counter clockwise but clockwise she was noticeably head bobbing lame.

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    09-24-2012, 10:27 PM
Hmmmmm well, seen as I've never seen your horse in action I cannot speak for which 'side' is lame, but to put it real plain - whichever foot comes off the ground the fastest, is usually the lame side as the horse wants to take weight/pressure of it as much as possible.

However, your vet has perhaps caused you some confusion (kind of confused me, as I have never heard a vet say that - and I've been around a bagful of em)
Next time you see your vet (don't feel intimidated by all the education and status) ask him outright to explain why he says that about lameness and post it back on here, because I'm curious.

Good luck with your mare
    09-24-2012, 10:36 PM
I think he's maybe talking about the head bobbing. If your horse is lame enough in the front so that he's bobbing his head, you can tell which leg is lame because when the sore one hits the ground, your horse's head will come up. It might look like he's dropping his head when the good leg comes down, but that would only be going back to "normal" after hoiking his head up as the bad leg hits.
    09-25-2012, 05:53 AM
Green Broke
Maybe that's what she meant Thursday. I definitely thought she said that my horse was limping on the opposite leg to try and alleviate pressure on the sore one. I may be totally wrong though Because I thought it didn't sound right. I asked her about it and she said when horses are lame they will limp on the opposite foot but maybe she meant the neck will go up on the bad leg.
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    09-25-2012, 01:01 PM
Sure - if the head goes up on the bad foot, it comes down and and could look like "limping" on the good one.

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