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    07-28-2012, 10:06 PM
Sore Knees

We recently took on a rescue horse who is just beyond sweet. He is fitting in with our boys so well and has put on great weight. He does sit a little low on the back pasterns but the vet said that was the way he was made . Over the last two weeks, he seems to limp (sort of) when he is trotting on the front right leg. But it is not warm, swollen, etc. and he always is in a full stand and not carrying the legs differently like he is in pain. It is only when he is trotting. I recently put him on Next Level pellets for about a week but I have not seen any change. Because I have not had a lot of experience with this, I am not sure how long it can take to work or if I am even using the right thing for his sore knees. Thank you for your help!
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    07-29-2012, 01:14 AM

How do you know it's his knee(s) that are sore? How are his feet & rest of his body? What is "in a full stand"? Considering you've said he limps on one foot when trotting, what does "not carrying the legs differently like he is in pain" mean to you?

I don't know what the pellets are that you are giving him, but guessing they are either a joint supp or painkiller/anti-inflam med? If med, they should have probably worked by now(cartrofen takes a while & is cumulative) & your vet should have advised you when he proscribed. If a joint supp, this can sometimes take quite a few months to begin working, assuming whatever damage hasn't progressed too far.
    07-29-2012, 10:26 AM
Sore Knees

He does not seem to have any pain while standing or walking; it is only when he is trotting and on the front right. So, when he is standing he has all fours firmly on the ground, walks fine and is in really good spirits not like he is pain. The vet has not prescribed anything yet; what I am giving him is over the counter horse supplement for joints. He lets us clean his feet, etc. I am not sure what has changed because this only started out of the blue. Thanks!
    07-29-2012, 10:06 PM
Horses are stoic animals. Just because it's only obvious to you doesn't mean he's necessarily comfortable/fine at a walk & as it's already gone on a couple of weeks, I'd be calling a good equine vet asap & perhaps getting rads/ultrasound.

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