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post #1 of 7 Old 04-12-2011, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Right Hind Lameness concern

First of all, I have a farrier coming out first thing in the morning and following that if I don't learn anything, a vet. My 28 yr old Appaloosa gelding recently began acting like his right leg (dunno where) is bothering him, but only when I pick up the left foot to pick it clean. I think that the right leg is the one bothering him because he acts like he cannot stand to put all his weight on it when I lift that left leg. For the past few weeks, when I go to lift his left leg, he lifts that leg very high and kind of...spreads his hips, I guess. Tonight, however, when I went to clean hooves, he picked up the left leg and his right one stiffened. He started falling over to the right like he really couldn't bear much weight on it at all. But this is the only time he ever shows pain. I know he's got arthritis, but nothing has ever been this violently painful for him. Any ideas on what I could be facing here? No signs of trauma, no heat, no swelling, no lacerations. I am very concerned. If you have any ideas please let me know. I want to be able to ask my farrier and vet really great questions.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-12-2011, 11:15 PM
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Can you apply pressure to him starting at the hip and moving down so you can identify where it is coming from?
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-12-2011, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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I did that, and he never flinched. I feel that perhaps I did not push hard enough around his hip, however, so I can re-try that. All the rest of the way down his leg he acted fine.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-13-2011, 12:30 AM
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When pain is in the stifle joint, it's really hard to identify. Maybe when you pick up the foot, the extra bend in it hurts the stifle. I dunno.
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-13-2011, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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I had a farrier up today, and it is indeed his stifle joint. It keeps locking up, and its just old age--probably an old injury acting up. :( I am sad because he is old, but I feel confident that because he is still so young at heart we can make him comfortable in his old age :) thanks for your suggestions and help :)
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-14-2011, 10:23 AM
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If his stifle is bad enough - you can get a steroid injection into it, which should loosen it up and give it enough support to keep him comfortable.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-14-2011, 10:26 AM
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Oh - and if it's stifle lock, don't worry yourself about him being in pain, stifle lock is not a painful condition, it is more of an irritation. The ligaments that run over the patella, can either 'hook' or slip off the joint itself, which causes the stifle to 'lock'. The horse has to walk backwards, or lift its leg upwards and sideways to get the ligaments moving back over the patella. There should be minimal, if any, lameness when he is just moving around in the paddock or under saddle if it is indeed stifle lock, unless the ligaments catch, where he will become 'stuck' in place.
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