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    09-10-2012, 11:04 AM
Question Weird, Unexplained Lameness

My horse ever since April has been consistently off on his right front (whenever I ride him). There is definitely a drop that occurs in his right shoulder when he is being ridden; however, the vet said that he is not off enough to fix the problem since he cannot tell where the lameness is coming from. We had the impression that it may be a saddle issue so we have tried various saddles with no real difference. It has been very frustrating. Is it possibly just that he needs injections or could it be something like the start of navicular? What do you all think? Any advice is GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!
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    09-10-2012, 11:19 AM
If the vet can't seem to figure out where the lameness is, how would injections help? No way to say if its the start of Navicular if xrays are not done.. How about a nerve block?

You need to have a lameness exam done immediately... I am amazed your vet said "he is not off enough to fix"?????????????? Excuse me?? Your horse has been lame on the same leg for 5 months and the horse isn't off enough to fix since the vet can't tell where the lameness is coming from? Umm, has your vet not heard of nerve blocks and xrays?
Get your vet to step up or find another vet.
    09-10-2012, 11:27 AM
Find a lameness specialist. Or at least a good equine vet.
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    09-10-2012, 11:53 AM
If he is only off when you are riding, bridle lameness, perhaps? Maybe you are riding him in a way that is causing him to go lame in the front right.
Have a new vet come out who specializes in lameness issues.
    09-10-2012, 01:37 PM
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I just went through something similar. My horse was off and on lame for over a year actually. It's interesting because when I called my vet out, he was sound so she checked him for several things. We ended up putting him on Adequan injections (because he has a previous pelvis injury) and we decided it would be beneficial to him because he is going to be prone to an earlier onset of arthritis anyway.

The Adequan injections by the way, are also on occasion, used on horses with navicular syndrome.

The vet and the farrier were both involved in my issues with my horse through out the year. The lameness was as the OP has discribed not that bad really. We had the farrier take some off the toe and raise the heel, we had the saddle fit checked and changed, put him on magnesium and I bought a new english saddle, I have a $200 western pad and a thin-line that I use for english as well.

We also did some Chiropractic treatment.

My horse also blew several abscesses throughout the year which also threw us off. I actually ended up requesting a full lameness exam with x-rays in the end and now we are on the road to recovery but it isn't that super easy to diagnose a slight lameness.

Just make sure you speak to your trainer, your vet, AND your farrier. Good luck.
    09-10-2012, 01:37 PM
He said he didn't know where to block which begs the question...why not x-rays? I think I am going to get a second opinion...:/
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    09-10-2012, 01:57 PM
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If he didn't know where to block then he needs to go ASAP. My suggestion would be to block down just above the hoof in the navicular area. If the horse is still lame after a flex then you go higher, if he's sound after a flex then you x-ray.

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