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  • Nerve block up to the hock but still lame
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    02-28-2013, 06:24 PM
  #11
Foal
Whats nerve blocking? There's a horse at my barn who is very old and use to be stadium jumper before my instructor got him. He has all kinds of problems now with his feet and is pretty arthritic too. My instructor said he can't feel anything when he injures himself because of a procedure that was done on him while he was still a jumper to block any pain he felt in his hooves. She said they cut some nerves. Is this nerve blocking? She also mentioned a test the vet did in his legs to look for some kind of liquid but the bone?/tendon?/joint? Was completely hollow which was really bad. I think she was talking about hock injections but I'm not sure. I know hock injections can help a horse with arithritis in their hocks but my instructor implied that a particular kind of hock injection actually damages the joint in the long run.
     
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    02-28-2013, 06:37 PM
  #12
Yearling
There is a surgery you can get done on the horse that will cut the nerves to the foot so the horse doesn't feel anymore pain. It doesn't fix the problem, just masks it.

What I was going to do was a nerve block that would numb the area for a while but after the medication wears off, the horse could feel again. Its to pinpoint lameness in the leg. If the horse stops limping when a specific area is numbed, that's where the pain is coming from.

Ill update on the vet visit later, I hate typing on the phone.
     
    02-28-2013, 07:32 PM
  #13
CCH
Weanling
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Originally Posted by 1322271927queen    
Whats nerve blocking? There's a horse at my barn who is very old and use to be stadium jumper before my instructor got him. He has all kinds of problems now with his feet and is pretty arthritic too. My instructor said he can't feel anything when he injures himself because of a procedure that was done on him while he was still a jumper to block any pain he felt in his hooves. She said they cut some nerves. Is this nerve blocking? She also mentioned a test the vet did in his legs to look for some kind of liquid but the bone?/tendon?/joint? Was completely hollow which was really bad. I think she was talking about hock injections but I'm not sure. I know hock injections can help a horse with arithritis in their hocks but my instructor implied that a particular kind of hock injection actually damages the joint in the long run.
What you are describing is a neurectomy. It is a procedure done under general anesthesia where a veterinary surgeon goes in and removes a portion of the palmar digital nerve. It removes sensation to the heel area of the hoof. It is not a cure. The horse can no longer feel the heel, so it does not *appear* to be lame. While the horse experiences pain relief from this procedure, it still needs experienced care for its hooves.
     
    02-28-2013, 07:37 PM
  #14
Green Broke
*grumbles* >.>
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    02-28-2013, 09:36 PM
  #15
Yearling
So I met the vet today. I lunged my horse both ways at the trot, then walked her to and from the vet a couple times. Trotted her to and from the vet a couple times. The vet said she looked sound. She hoof tested her for abscesses and also used the hoof tester to press against the frog where the navicular bone was and found no sensitivity. She said she didn't see anything that would warrant X-Rays or a nerve block, and Raina didn't show any alert soreness that a nerve block would actually give results to.

She did a stress test on her fetlock and knee and when she palpated the knee further, there was some tenderness in the joint. The vet said her feet looked good, her heels were a little low though. She was standing square and nothing rose any red flags about her feet, and she suggested that Raina could have hurt her knee in the pasture sometime with all the snow and ice we've had lately. She's also an equine chiropractor and ended up doing a small adjustment.

She told me I could do one of two things. She's returning on Monday to check on another horse. She said I could ride Raina and work her so she'd turn up sore and limp for her to do another check for Monday, or I could rest her. She's pretty certain its not her hoof which makes me feel content with resting her.

I guess I won't be getting Isuel's next paycheck?
     
    02-28-2013, 09:42 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Darn straight you won't, haha. I won't take yours either though :p

She looked like she felt perfectly fresh and sound today though, probably pissed you didn't give her those 2 weeks off xD
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