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    04-15-2010, 06:51 PM
two diff. sizes knees

IDK how I never noticed they were that different. I was taking some pics today and decided to take some lower leg pics to find these ugly things. Theyve always been like this.

Now could this have a contributing factor to her little counter clock wise soreness? She's not lame. Just touchier on that side at the canter and when we do bending.
Best front pics I can find
This is feb

And this one below is from march 17

And she's always got the right leg foward when she grazes.. always.. or eats .. she always places that bigger knee first. I do know one of her front heels is higher than the other, the farrier has yet to correct it. . The solid color hoofs heal is higher than the white
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    04-16-2010, 01:32 AM
Thats one nasty looking knee. My edumakated guess is she blew her knee out at one time. I'd want to get an x-ray of it to see exactly what was going on. For sure, calcification like that could easily cause her to not move easily.
    04-16-2010, 01:51 AM
Green Broke
That also looks like she may have had Epiphysitis as a foal..

Justamere Ranch -- Epiphysitis & Leg Problems
The growth plates located at each end of the long bones are also called epiphyseal plates. An inflammation of these growth plates is called epiphysitis and is characterized by swelling near the ends of the bones. Although the youngster may be lame during the active phase of epiphysitis, the lameness diminishes once the area ossifies. The area will often be permanently enlarged leaving the youngster with knobby knees or ankles. Epiphysitis usually affects weanlings and yearlings, however it may affect horses as old as 2-1/2 years of age.

My friend's horse had this as a foal and his knees looked similar....just a thought.
    04-16-2010, 02:14 AM
If I remember correctly, you've been having lameness troubles with this mare... or am I confusing you with another member? (Happens all the time... if so... ignore my comment lol)
    04-16-2010, 08:11 AM
Not lameness trouble.. strength trouble counter clockwise. She's never been lame since i've had her.

If she had that as a baby woulden't they have not raced her ? She's an OTTT and then she was retired to broodmare for 7yrs untill I rescued her.
    04-16-2010, 09:29 AM
Green Broke
A lot of racing people, unfortunately would not have cared. There are so many that are all about the money and don't care about the health of the horses. Otherwise, they wouldn't be racing weanlings, yearlings and the such before their growth plates are closed, it really breaks a horse down and they know it.
    04-16-2010, 09:41 AM
Originally Posted by barnprincess    
not lameness trouble.. strength trouble counter clockwise. She's never been lame since i've had her.

If she had that as a baby woulden't they have not raced her ? She's an OTTT and then she was retired to broodmare for 7yrs untill I rescued her.

She has been lame in every video you've posted of her. She is old and broken down and if you truely rescued her then you would leave her alone to live out the rest of her days.
    04-16-2010, 10:25 AM
Have to agree with kevin on this EVERY video you post of her, EVERYONE tells you she's stiff/sore/lame.

As for the racing, if its purely cosmetic, the horse can race. If its something that doesn't affect their ability to race, they can race. If it affects their ability to race temporarily, they give the horse time off to heal, and then race.
    04-16-2010, 10:32 AM
I can't believe you are jumping her. My god.

17 isn't all that old, but if she is having leg issues the last thing you want to do is jump a horse over a 6 foot fence as you claim.
    04-16-2010, 12:14 PM
Kevin is right, she has been lame in every video you've posted and there were a couple of threads where you were repeatedly told this before. I just don't understand posting pictures on an internet forum and asking "what do you guys think" hearing "have her vetted NOW" from umpteen people and then not doing it. Months later we see these pics that look pretty bad and again you insist there is not a soundness issues. Rivers. Egypt...

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