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post #1 of 9 Old 03-06-2012, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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'Sticking' hind leg - but trots up sound

My 16 month old jumped a 1.3m fence on Saturday afternoon to make friends with the mare in the neighbouring paddock. At the time, he looked 100% fine bar a couple of little horizontal scrapes on one knee and a shoulder.
Yesterday I noticed that he was resting his right hind very persistently, and when walking up and down a hill looked quite stiff on it. He was also standing with the whole leg twisted slightly to the outside, and when turning would pivot on the leg and twist it right around rather than lifting it.
Trotting him out in the round yard, both directions, couldn't see a thing.

Got him out again tonight, same thing, resting hind leg, very stiff. Walked him up the hill again and this time it looked like he was 'stuck' on that hind leg, almost like stifle lock but without truly locking, if that makes any sense. Walking downhill, he was stumbling all over the place, like he had very little control of the leg. It was rotating severely outward, and when it was weight baring, it would shake and buckle a little. He looked like he was walking a little on the toe, and the pastern would get stuck and drag along for a moment.
But again, put him in the round yard, trotted out even. Got him doing some sharp turns in trot across the yard and he was a little slower on the right hind and started to show some short stepping.


Has anyone seen anything similar Any ideas on what he's done? I'll try and get a video of him going up and down the hill tomorrow.
I really don't want to go rushing off to the vet just yet, if he has just strained a muscle and I'm being a paranoid mum of accident prone horses, though I will give my vet a call tomorrow and see what he thinks. If I can get away with emailing him a video I will be pleased - my vet bill for this year alone is already exceeding $2000.00

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My yearling filly has a locking issue when she hits a growth spurt and straightens out a bit in the back end. Her issue is a slight stifle lock during these phases of growth but it disappears once she evens up again. It hasn't happened for a couple of months now and the vet said its not an issue unless it starts happening fairly regularly. Maybe yours is a similar issue.
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This doesn't seem like stifle lock, I've had young horses with that before. Plus it has been brought on by him jumping that fence rather than just a growth phase.

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A couple years ago, my horse had a similar sort of semi-lameness on a hind leg. Walking up and down hills she did nearly the exact same thing you describe and she looked ouchy when you asked her to do a tight turn. On the flat, she looked more or less sound. There was no heat, swelling, or any sort of obvious injury. The BO, who was an equine massage person, thought she'd pulled a muscle in her stifle. I gave her a week off and it sorted itself out and there's never been an issue since.
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I hope that is the case with Billy, he jumped the fence on Saturday so I am giving him until early next week to improve before rushing to a vet. I just don't want to take a single chance with this boy, he cost me 1/3 of my year's wage much to my partner's disgust, so if anything happens to him, I am in BIG trouble!!!

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I would call a chiropractor. He could have simply and easily knocked something out of place. One of my boys did something similar last fall and I was equally as stumped because he walked un-sound and trotted fine. We gave him a week then called the chiropractor. It ended up being a slightly torn muscle and his hip was out of place. I hope its that easy of a fix for you as well!
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I hope so New image, as I said earlier, I'll be giving him a solid week to see if he gets any better. I'm not terribly keen on having chiro's out for a yearling if I can help it!
I had a friend look at him this morning, she thinks it could be a sacro/pelvic injury and agrees with me that it doesn't look like it's a locking stifle but more of a joint/deep seated issue.

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Could it have to do with hills vs. flat areas? Hmmmm....

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Not sure why that would have anything to do with it. Its the having to push off and sit on his hind legs that sets it off, so sharp turns he gets stuck as well, whether on flat or hill.

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