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post #1 of 2 Old 07-01-2008, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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upward fixation of the patella

hello there!my name is tiffany and i just signed up let me explain my situation.(you better grab a cup of coffee,because this will be a novel!LOL)i have a 3 1/2 yr old spotted saddle horse that recently got diagnosed with a mild case of upward fixation of the patella about 2 weeks ago.when all of the started(5 weeks prior),i just knew she was off because i know her so well,but nobody else could tell.i had a vet out because when i went to pick her feet up,she stretched out like a cat and she would also proceed to tuck her hind legs underneath her.i feared laminitis.the vet came out and he said that she was sore somewhere,but her didn't know where.(not very comforting.)he told me possible mild case of laminits.well, he said unlikely since my grass wasn't that lush.he told me to give it a couple of weeks and see if she gets worse or better.literally right at 2 weeks as i was walking her up a hill,she didn't want to bear weight on her left rear leg.i called the vet and he said she might have pulled something,so give it 2 more weeks.she didn't get any worse,but she didn't get any better either.i took her in after 5 weeks and they did a lameness check,no laminits.she said a mild case of upward fixation of the patella.she said since she was left out in the pasture all this time and the exercise didn't seem to help,to go ahead and blister around her stifle.she was on stall rest for about 3 days and then let back out,and i was to hand walk her 20 minutes a day.the leg that was treated seemed better,but a few days later her other leg started.she also seems sore after the exercise.has anyone ever dealt with this situation?HELP!! LOL thanks
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post #2 of 2 Old 07-01-2008, 01:25 PM
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Here's an informative article on it. I think generally there's more focus on building up the muscles and strength of the leg to stop that from happening, and gaited breeds tend to have more trouble with it. I don't know of anyone that's ever had it "blistered" before, personally. Its usually pretty easy to figure out what's going on if a vet or farrier watches closely, so I'm a little concerned that your vet thought it was laminitis at first.

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