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    05-28-2013, 08:42 PM
Question Stiffle Injury LEANING! until moved to Small Pen!

Rusty had mysterious injury last summer 2012. We found him leaning and unable to stand straight. Vets 0 Me 1. Finally I discovered it was a balance issue. He lives in a small pen that has straight up and down bars and when he rests he LEANS on the bars. Vet now says he forgot which way is up. Must have been spinal chord injury. This is a condition found in dogs sometimes. He was improving.

2013 May: We tried acupuncture every week for 5 weeks. I have stopped that. It does not seem to help but make him grumpy. Still in small pen with mild exercise 5 days a week, trotting and backwards walking practice.

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    05-28-2013, 10:35 PM
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What does he do when he walks/trots/canters? Will he do that on his own or does he just stand leaning against the wall?
    05-29-2013, 05:10 PM
Rusty will walk well but with a small limp right now. When it is time to work I lunge him and he trots for a while. 5 minutes? Seems like he is sore but once he gets into the rhythm of the trot it is enjoyable for him. He does not want to lead with the sore leg so he would rather not go that way around. I have to ask him to trot at this point. Cantering happens when something going on around us disturbs him and he does it as well as he ever did. I do not ask for a canter, I want him to stay calm and get well. He's a "get up and go" kind of horse.
    05-29-2013, 05:16 PM
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Is the limp on the front or the back?
    05-30-2013, 12:20 AM
Rusty limps on the front. He was sore on front left. His stiffle injury is on the right side. He was standing straight this afternoon every time I looked at him.

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