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post #1 of 17 Old 05-11-2013, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Some kind of lameness causing a roach back?

There is a weanling here who belongs to a friend and is in a bad way, so I said I would post here to see if I could find any answers for her.

Firstly, we live on a remote cattle station and there are NO large animal vets within any kind of reasonable distance. We would have to fly one in which is a huge cost.

His name is Cash. He was gelded here a couple of weeks ago. He was laid down and our head stockman cut him. Not the nicest way I do know, but he has done it numerous times before and it was the only practical way to do it here.

The swelling from gelding lasted a week and a bit, he cut was clean, drained well and is looking good.

However, he has done something to himself, assumed during being laid down or while being cut. He was dead lame on his back right leg, and has a severe roach back stance. No marks and a little swelling around the fetlock, but nothing that seemed to account for the three legged lameness.

He was on Bute and Pencillin which did improve him, but when taken off the Bute he was lame again, so he went back on. He then improved a lot, his back relaxed a bit and he was walking sound. So she stopped the drugs again, and he has gone downhill again, the tension is back in his back, and he is dragging the leg again. He toe drags it and holds it out from his body.

However to me it looks more like possibly a stifle or pelvis issue.

Has anyone seen anything similar? Any ideas on what could be the issue? I have attached a photo I took of him today, about two or three weeks after the gelding. There is also a (bad) photo of the leg that has been sore.

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post #2 of 17 Old 05-11-2013, 01:32 AM
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Maybe a pelvis issue? Was the "lay down" rough? hopefully it isnt a fracture...

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Oh OWWWW! I'm going to say it looks like he's broken his femur, right below where it attaches to the pelvis......or it's the worst dislocation I've ever seen. Either way.......I'm so sorry for the poor little guy!

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he has what looks like an external rotation of his leg,which would make me think he has injury to his hip or pelvis.
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He can bring the leg back under him, he just prefers to hold it out to the side. He has been a little cowhocked since birth as well which I guess is exacerbating it - He has been correctively trimmed but not while he has been so sore.

Oh I really hope he hasn't broken anything. He is very much loved.

The laying down wasn't overly rough as far as I know, but also not seamless. I wasn't there, but the headstockman told me our boss was there giving 'advice' which did more harm than good. Once they did it the headstockmans way he went down with little fuss. However he was down for quite a while as he couldn't find one of his testicles.

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Hmm, how was he thrown & held? I know your situation, so know it's not likely but... maybe you can offer a chiro an outback holiday?? Hopefully it's just something out, but young horses can be easily damaged, due to their 'growth plates' being 'open'. Take a look at Dr Deb Bennett's studies to learn more.
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Was that the leg that was tied up during his gelding operation? If so, I suspect it has been injured by being tied up too tight and too long. A horse can actually have permanent nerve damage done simply by having a leg tied up too long during gelding if not done properly. Or if he fell down on this side while being thrown, he could have injured the pelvis, as in fracture, or at the joint.
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If someone had to go fishing for a testicle my concern would be a massive infection. How long was the colt on antibiotics? I'm also wondering about kissing spine, pain in the lumbar region.
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To me, he stands like a horse who fractured his hip. I have this before, you have keep them stalled and watch them like a hawk if you have them on pain meds as a horse will lay down and not be able to get up on their own. Sometimes they heal & are useable, as in the case of a young horse, an older horse, chances are not so good.
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As far as I know there was a rope around that back leg, but I don't think it was used to get him down, just keep him stretched out so they had good access to his testicles. I think he had a front leg tied up and then his head was bent around until he went down.

His wound looks clean and isn't sore to poke around, and the swelling has gone. She did say it was firm to poke but I don't know if there would be an infection without some other signs? There has only been clear discharge and it has been draining well. I'm not sure how long he was on the penicillin.

She got a lady out yesterday who is training in Bowen Therapy. She didn't have any idea what he has down but I think she did make him feel a little better. He was more alert and curious once she had finished and did look a bit more relaxed, though the roach was still there.

Loosie, I replied to your pm before I read this thread - makes sense now lol!
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