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    04-22-2011, 08:23 PM

So I recently purchased a horse with stringhalt. It is very mild, only apparent at the walk, and he has had it since birth. I've done research prior to getting him, but I was just hoping for some personal experiences.

Basically I am just hoping to hear from anyone who has experience with a horse with mild stringhalt. Things they have found that have helped alleviate it; strength exercises, massages, anything. Thanks.
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    04-23-2011, 10:28 AM
I have seen only one case of stringhalt in a youngster. I have no experience with the condition other than researching it. It is caused by Nervous System Poisons. The ingested poisons range from botulism, ergotism, sorghum, ryegrass staggers, selenium toxicity and moldy corn poisioning.

As far as prognosis consulting with a Veterinarian is a necessity. Best Wishes and Best of Luck be with you!!
    04-23-2011, 10:41 AM
He has been seen by vets multiple times. His is not due to diet or poisoning. His diet and pastures have been changed before, and he has recently moved over two hours and still no change. He has had x-rays of his legs which have always come back clean. His is most likely due to a neurological defect or trauma from birth. The cause of stringhalt in most horses is not entirely clear, but he has always been sound and his is a very mild case.

But thanks for the input! I know not many people have experiences with horses with stringhalt.
    04-23-2011, 11:00 AM
As you suspected the x-rays/radiographs would show nothing in relation to what is going on with your boy, as per se the stringhalt. That being because stringhalt is a nerve as in neurological malfuntion. X-rays and radiographs do not show up soft tissuse injuries.
    04-23-2011, 03:24 PM
Ya the x-rays were done during diagnosis to check for any turning of the petella, which there was none. I have read of adding supplements to the diet to help with neurological function. Does anyone have any experience with this?
    04-25-2011, 10:20 PM
Anyone have any experience here :)

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