Slight lameness when going slow?

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    05-15-2012, 08:04 PM
Slight lameness when going slow?

So, my new pony fell quite badly (think newborn foal with legs all over the place) on cement some weeks ago and he's been iffy ever since.

Got a chiropractor vet out (a couple weeks ago) to kill two birds with one stone sort of thing. She said he was fine in terms of chiro, needed a little aligning, but very slight. I didn't have her do a full lameness exam as I've not quite yet recouped my savings since buying the horse. But she said he was a bit lame on his right side, and she didn't think what she did with the chiro would solve it. But since the fall had happened so recently, she said to restrict him to light work only and let's see what happens.

He HAS been getting better, ever so slowly. But now we're at the interesting spot where it's super slight, but the lameness is still there--- but only when he's been slow and lazy? When you get him forward, it disappears.

What does that mean? Or is this just the last stage of healing?
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    05-15-2012, 08:08 PM
My rule of thumb, if the horse is lame at any gait, any pace, I don't ride.
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    05-15-2012, 08:23 PM
If only I could just simply turn him out to pasture and let him be for the next months! Unfortunately, our barn set up is not necessarily the best for the horse and there's no real turn out, so if you don't get your horse out, it's not getting exercise of any sort. (It's a stall with a small paddock attached)

I've not been riding him really, mostly just hand-walking him through some forest trails. The few times I've hopped on have been at a walk only. But his 'hard' exercise has been light lunging with absolutely no canter, and occasionally at that.
    05-15-2012, 08:29 PM
You should have a lameness exam done by the vet. Could be something serious going on that a chiro just can't get to. It'll cost ya but if there's something underlying then it's best to address it asap.
    05-15-2012, 08:33 PM
Don't quuuuite have enough yet for a full lameness exam (want to make sure I can afford xrays if needed at the time) so my plan right now is just taking it easy, follow his progression (and he IS improving, just slowly) and if still off, bring the vet in to do the exam.

But just from general experience, nothing comes to mind? I always just thought lameness in general became more evident when going forward, not the other way around.
    05-15-2012, 08:35 PM
All I can think of is a horse working out of stiffness.. but usually things that cause lameness like stone bruises, abscesses, nail on bottom of foot.. don't disappear with increased speed. Not even mal-alignments go away with increased speed.
    05-15-2012, 08:40 PM
The horse fell on cement, I would be worried about bone chips or something. There is no set rules for how the lameness presents itself, could be more comfortable going faster for whatever reason, I would stick to handwalking. If the horse isn't better within a week, you need to borrow the cash, could be something very serious.
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    05-15-2012, 08:43 PM
Yep, like I said, within the next couple weeks, I'll probably have the vet out again, this time to do the full exam. I'd rather waste the money with the vet saying he's only sore than missing out something.

But hopefully, it's not incredibly serious... I think the progress and seeing his lameness improve is a good sign.

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