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post #1 of 8 Old 07-30-2007, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Stifle lock

My five year old tennessee walker,has a stifle lock and some friends of ours took him up to get a surgery but at the vets he wouldn't lock up.so we gave him to our friends and they exercised him more than i could and it went away.he never locked up on them since.but they have lots of hills in their feilds...mine don't....they gave him back to me and now i've been trying to ride as often as i can and so far its working but i want to be sure it won't start locking again.....the vet said hills probably helped alot but does anyone have any other ideas i can add to that?maybe a supplement....or something....
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-30-2007, 04:57 PM
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There are treatments to inject the joint with anti-inflamatrories, but the injections are used in accompaniment to regular excercise. I've never heard of a supplement you can feed to help the problem.
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-30-2007, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not sure i was looking it up on the internet and it said about some herb that works in the stifle but its pretty expensive....i hate to get injections....he has a mild case...not extremely bad.....any other ideas?

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-30-2007, 06:18 PM
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Yeah, I've heard of the herbal treatment. Whether it works or not...*shrug* I haven't seen any research, so I withhold judgement. Even with the herbal remedy (I assume you are talking about Robert McDowell), they prescribe regular excercise, so it would be difficult to tell which factor was doing the lion's share of the work. If you do decide to try it out, let us know how it goes, I'm curious:)
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supplements-medicine-herbs.......none of that stuff is going to help you in the least bit. Stifle locking comes from lack of muscle in the hind quarters. Once the horse is fit and builds up enough muscle in the hind end to support the patella, this problem in MOST cases goes away. You'll need to keep him fit and working off of his hind end in order for it not to reoccur. (hills are great, but dressage work is just as good!) Maybe someone can ride him on days that you cannot.

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post #6 of 8 Old 07-31-2007, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Well he not a dressage horse or anything fancy...just my good ol trail horse.Hes doing fine as I said...he has not locked up at all for about two years.But I just want to keep him in shape so it doesn't start again.If i look into the herbs I let you know what I think of them ......anyways stifle lock is a ligament in the leg that pops out of place when the muscles are weak causing the leg to freeze up....thanks everyone!

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-02-2007, 11:37 PM
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I have a mare that has sloppy stifles too- but i had a big hill and a year on that fixed her up- since i had to move and am on the flat now- i set up a four by four cavaletti course that are higher then normal- im not sure if its doing anything or not- but shes been off the hill for two years and ive not ridden her -i dont have time i have too many others- and hers are staying fine -just thought that might be something to look up .
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-03-2007, 12:40 AM
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my guy is doing this as well. we fell going over a 4ft fan oxer the winter of 2004, and to this day, he still locks up from time to time. I took him down to OHSU, and they blocked his back legs, but he wouldnt lock up after that. they had me ride him non stop for 3 hours. he wouldnt lock up! So they just ruled out arthritis. One thing I would suggest with the surgery - you have to remember the nerve that keeps their knees locked when they sleep, will be cut when cutting that tendon. So if he gets down to roll or anything, he wont be able to get back up - might want to take that into consideration. STRETCH him before and after each ride, and just take it slow. I notice in the colder months, thats when Gizmo's stifle acts up. just take it sloooooowww!!! good luck!!!

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