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post #1 of 4 Old 08-02-2013, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Sore stifle?

I have a 2 year old gelding I just picked up 7/28. He will let me pick up all of his hooves, except his right hind leg. When I try, he shift all of his weight onto that hoof, to the point he side steps towards me so I can't get to that hoof. When trotting, that right rear leg doesn't extend as far as the left. I tried pressing all over his hip area to see where he is sore, and it seems to be his patella/stifle region. However, if that was what's hurting him, why would he WANT to put his weight on that side?
Just a little confused and seeing if anyone has any ideas!

He was in a pasture with a mean old mare, so he may have been kicked. I really have no idea. He doesn't limp or show any signs of lameness, just doesn't want me to pick up that leg. The other side stretches and moves just fine.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-02-2013, 04:50 PM
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You need to call a lameness specialist vet and have the horse diagnosed and treated. Stifle injuries are nothing to mess with or take lightly!! The horse may end up being permanently lame, or have to be PTS if the injury is severe enough.
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That would be something that I would call a vet for, or as Anebel said, a lameness specialist if you have one near to you.
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We work with a lot of stifle problems at work, and depending on what it is and the severity it can range from stifle injections to surgery. You need to have a lameness evaluation done to determine where to go with it, and if it is indeed the stifle. (which from what you describe it sounds like it is).
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