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post #1 of 21 Old 05-23-2008, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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weird....what could cause this? an old injury perhaps?

Well today my friend cantered the horse she was leasing for the first time...she commented that though she had a really smooth canter, her one leg (her back left) seemed like it would slip under her at any moment.

So I got on the horse and cantered her around, and it did really feel like that....I tried both clock-wise and counter-clock...and it was still the same leg.

What could cause this? A weak leg? Old injury?

She has no muscle at all if that would make a difference
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post #2 of 21 Old 05-23-2008, 11:58 PM
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yes that sounds very much like an old injury. or even a fairly recent one. It may be that the horse tore or injured its hamstring sometime. That often causes problems.
Also, my mum is a qualified horse therapist, and if you live in the area i'm sure she'd be happy to come by and have a look and help if she can.
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yes that sounds very much like an old injury. or even a fairly recent one. It may be that the horse tore or injured its hamstring sometime. That often causes problems.
Also, my mum is a qualified horse therapist, and if you live in the area i'm sure she'd be happy to come by and have a look and help if she can.
it's not my horse...not the girl's horse that is riding her....the owner never does anything with the horse so we all got the owners permission to ride the horse so she doesn't just sit in the pasture forever.
She isn't lame...nor shows any tenderness in that one leg...I felt both legs and nothing feels different...

I'd love for your mum to come and work with Annie...but like I said, she isn't my horse and the owner won't even pay to have her feet done...so I doubt she'll pay for a therapist to come out....sadly the owner doesn't give a darn about the horse

*coughs*If anyone is interested, Annie is for sale*coughs*Maybe someone will give her the good home she deserves*coughs*
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Like someone else said, from an old/current injury is probably the case... The other possibility could be that since she hasn't had much done with her, she isn't carrying herself correctly. It's hard to assess without seeing the horse go, do you have a trainer or someone knowledgable that could watch her go for you? If she is traveling crooked (as every horse does, no horse is naturally straight, especially one that has had time off) then she may feel slightly "off", but not lame. If it is coming from the hind legs, try lots of loosening exercises to get her pushing from both hind legs (such as leg yeilds, serpentines at the trot, lots of bend changes and ask her to really step under herself with that leg). If it is an injury to the hamstring (as someone else said), you will notice her getting worse. If she is maybe a little sore or stiff from just sitting around, she will get better.

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she moves the same way any other horse does while at the canter...he legs go under her fine and there's nothing odd looking about the leg while it's going
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I'll assume she's not lame so i'd have to agree that it's more than likely an old injury. Horses that are prone to or have had locked stifles tend to do this too.
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I'll assume she's not lame so i'd have to agree that it's more than likely an old injury. Horses that are prone to or have had locked stifles tend to do this too.
no she isn't lame at all

I know with an old injury it might be impossible to tell...but for a locked stifle...is there anyway (besides x-rays and without getting a vet out) that we could tell that was causing it?
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I know with an old injury it might be impossible to tell...but for a locked stifle...is there anyway (besides x-rays and without getting a vet out) that we could tell that was causing it?
The first thing I would do is call a vet would and have him do a flexion test.
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this mare isn't my horse...the owner won't pay for the vet to come out so we can't have a vet come out to do flex test :(
I'd pay for it myself, but I don't have the money
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it really saddens me that there are so many horse owners out there who wont get medical/farrier attention for their horses. i really had no idea there were that many people out there like that until i started coming on this forum.

if she isnt appearing lame then maybe its just her gait?? maybe she just feels all wonky but once she has some work and builds some muscle she might be ok. is there any chance that you could get a video of her so we can see?

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