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  • Injuries that look like stringhalt
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    02-28-2013, 09:42 AM
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Stringhalt

I just picked up a horse I sold a year ago. ("Shadow")

Old owner gave him back. He is skin and bones, had a chemical reaction apparently string halt.

Day one we unloaded him, he couldn't unload off the float, he was bouncing his hind end up and down, slamming his legs around and fell out the back of the float - he had no trouble loading and we did not know he had this problem - did not have it when I sold him. Had never had a problem backing, loading or turning.
Old owner is adamant she had no idea.

So we had the vet assess him, vet clean his wounds, said he has stringhalt and could take 18 months to recover if he ever does.

He's in a small paddock maybe an acre, being hand fed, he's rugged in a cotton and a lined canvas while it's raining.

Vet was out 12 days ago, took bloods, gave him vaccines, a tetanus booster, painkillers and an antibiotic. Said nothing can be done for his stringhalt. Nothing at all.
I had a chiropractor out on Saturday, he said that because the horse had it from birth it will never go, I say, he never had it previously, only when I picked him up. I owned for a year before selling him, I never ever thought he had a hind leg problem like string halt. Chiropractor said "What! Then it must be an injury!" gave the entire horse a feel, and he was very sore, made adgustments to his hind legs. We let him rest and the chiropractor is sure he will come around, maybe not instantly but with exercise and what not it'll right itself.

So I ask hi, what is the problem he has, the Chiro says, it could be a mild string halt from eating a type of flat weed, could be an injury causing alike symptoms (he yanked each leg up when he turns, and when he backs, holds the legs suspended before slamming them down, after the vets where out and he had his 5 days course of pain killers, symptoms where alot better, he can turn now, but backing is still troublesome, can walk and trot with no apparent signs.) I am hard feeding him, sunflower oil, bio mare cubes, oaten chaff, MSM and glucosamine, plus a handful of oats. Just something simple while he gets used to new paddocks and feed.

I don't have any videos, but I have watched alot ,and he looks pretty much exactly like them all, except he doesn't yank or jerk his legs up moving forward or on turns now, only backing up.

Does anyone have advice, opinions, personal experiences??
     
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    03-04-2013, 12:10 AM
  #2
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Originally Posted by Savvy Debonair    
I just picked up a horse I sold a year ago. ("Shadow")

Old owner gave him back. He is skin and bones, had a chemical reaction apparently string halt.

Day one we unloaded him, he couldn't unload off the float, he was bouncing his hind end up and down, slamming his legs around and fell out the back of the float - he had no trouble loading and we did not know he had this problem - did not have it when I sold him. Had never had a problem backing, loading or turning.
Old owner is adamant she had no idea.

So we had the vet assess him, vet clean his wounds, said he has stringhalt and could take 18 months to recover if he ever does.

He's in a small paddock maybe an acre, being hand fed, he's rugged in a cotton and a lined canvas while it's raining.

Vet was out 12 days ago, took bloods, gave him vaccines, a tetanus booster, painkillers and an antibiotic. Said nothing can be done for his stringhalt. Nothing at all.
I had a chiropractor out on Saturday, he said that because the horse had it from birth it will never go, I say, he never had it previously, only when I picked him up. I owned for a year before selling him, I never ever thought he had a hind leg problem like string halt. Chiropractor said "What! Then it must be an injury!" gave the entire horse a feel, and he was very sore, made adgustments to his hind legs. We let him rest and the chiropractor is sure he will come around, maybe not instantly but with exercise and what not it'll right itself.

So I ask hi, what is the problem he has, the Chiro says, it could be a mild string halt from eating a type of flat weed, could be an injury causing alike symptoms (he yanked each leg up when he turns, and when he backs, holds the legs suspended before slamming them down, after the vets where out and he had his 5 days course of pain killers, symptoms where alot better, he can turn now, but backing is still troublesome, can walk and trot with no apparent signs.) I am hard feeding him, sunflower oil, bio mare cubes, oaten chaff, MSM and glucosamine, plus a handful of oats. Just something simple while he gets used to new paddocks and feed.

I don't have any videos, but I have watched alot ,and he looks pretty much exactly like them all, except he doesn't yank or jerk his legs up moving forward or on turns now, only backing up.

Does anyone have advice, opinions, personal experiences??
A friend of mine rode a horse with stringhalt. What happend was the horse got it and it was uncurable, and it looked ike the horse was bringing its leg up right to its stomache while it walked. ABut the stringhalt wasnt bad enough for the hors to get injurured while riding. They had the vet out to acess it and after a while off, it was allowed to be ridden again, it took about 6months to een canter, but now the horse it 18 and is taking learner riders cantering and over jumps. She isnt to jump too high though, but still jumps normally, just looks a bit out of place walking and trotting, she wont be able to show or do dressage again though
Good luck :)
     
    03-04-2013, 02:31 AM
  #3
Started
Stringhalt does not hurt the horse. It is more like a disability. Just stay conscious of his limitations and ride him within his limits.
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