Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
I've never seen that (falling due to locking stifles) with a racehorse before, but it's true that they often have stifle problems. Did your vet tell you what he thinks is actually wrong with the stifle? Is it the ligament or the patella - like bone or a combo? How does he want to blister it? There can be external or internal blisters, the use of which depends on what is actually wrong with the joint. A good chiropractor can help for sure. Without knowing what the actual diagnosis is, it might be kind of hard to get/give the right advice. All I can tell you is that when we had horses with stifle problems, we used chiropractic, and did injections of Hi-50 with 1cc of cortisone to cool the joint. After several days passed we would do an external blister for a few days and continue with the chiro.
Good luck, though - stifle problems can be tricky!
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork