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  • Horse has head bob but definitely not from front feet

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    05-06-2013, 10:43 AM
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I think you need to dig deeper to find the root of the problem than just a flexion test, because there is something going on if the horse is bobbing.

And I don't think a horse should ever go lame from being worked every day, after resting for 2 years. Sore? Absolutely. Lame? Hmmm, shouldn't. Either that, or you are working this horse too hard too soon for his fitness level, if he is coming up lame because of it. You wouldn't go run a marathon after sitting on the couch for 2 weeks, would you? No. You'd hurt something. We can't expect our horses to go full kilter either, if they aren't in the proper shape for it.
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    05-06-2013, 11:22 AM
Before jumping straight to x-ray's you need to know what area of the leg to look at. The next step in a lameness exam generally is nerve blocks. Starting at the foot and working up the leg to try to make the horse jog sounder. That will tell what part of the leg you need to look closer at, then you can do x-rays or ultrasounds as needed. Without the blocks you can spend tons of money/time looking at the wrong part of the horses leg.
If the horse has a head bob it isn't sound. Many lameness problems aren't exaggerated by flexion tests, so that doesn't rule out much other than obvious joint problems, there are so many other causes that can cause subtle soundness problems. It may take some time and effort, but I'm sure any qualified vet can manage.
    05-06-2013, 11:32 AM
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If you want to keep it cheap then I think you might want to see if your farrier can shorten the toe and raise the heal. Put on a wedge shoe and see if that makes a difference. My geuss is that Wyominggrandma called it and the horse has navicular.

A horse with navicular can lunge sound and pass a flex test if they are having a good day. A nerve block would be helpful but you have to do it on an off day and I would suggest x-rays.

I'm not saying your vet is wrong or even bad but lameness can be tricky sometimes.
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    05-06-2013, 05:10 PM
This sounds SOOO much like my situation! I just took my horse to the vet because he was lame on his right front and had a bout of deep sulcus thrush, to ensure that it had not extended into the deeper tissues I took him. He passed the flexion test and the hoof testers so he took xrays. Prognosis: thin sole on right front and the hoof bone is tipped up...........Rx: 2 degree wedge shoes and take some off the toe:) I hope this helps! He gets his new shoes weds:)
    05-06-2013, 06:06 PM
I second all the others. There is no way there is not some hidden problem if the horse's head is bobbing, and you need to have your wet out again to find other potential causes.
    05-11-2013, 07:29 PM
So anything else to the story? Did you take your horse back to the vet and get xrays?

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