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post #1 of 10 Old 01-19-2012, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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What is lame to YOU?

I was talking to my farrier and she was talking about how people have different views on "lameness". To some people lame is when a horse is "three-legged" and to others, it is when a horse takes one wrong stpe and they freak out and put them on a month's rest. Then there are those like me who think that lameness is a limping/bobbing over different surfaces at any gait.

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-19-2012, 08:49 PM
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When a horse is any sort of pain in their leg, doesn't matter what level of discomfort to me, they are still lame.
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-19-2012, 08:52 PM
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I would consider a horse lame whenever there is unevenness of gait, head bobbing, reluctance to put weight on a limb, or limping. Any one of those may warrant concern, in my opinion. But, there are much more severe examples of lameness too.

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post #4 of 10 Old 01-19-2012, 08:53 PM
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If the horse is consistently uneven in its movement. Not just one 'dodgey' step.

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post #5 of 10 Old 01-19-2012, 09:03 PM
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For me, lame is when the horse is uncomfortable through it's movement - leg or back or otherwise. I do think it is possible to over-baby a horse though - if it is something where you know the cause and it is minor, such as a little twist or bruised foot, I still think they are better out than in - stops legs swelling etc.
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HA! I know of few of the hypochonriacs! They can find something wrong with every step a horse takes. I also have to see something consistent before worrying about lameness. If there's no heat or swelling, I just give my horse a day off before visiting the panic train.
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If the horse is consistently uneven in its movement. Not just one 'dodgey' step.

This!!!!
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-19-2012, 09:31 PM
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HA! I know of few of the hypochonriacs! They can find something wrong with every step a horse takes. I also have to see something consistent before worrying about lameness. If there's no heat or swelling, I just give my horse a day off before visiting the panic train.
Yep, know a few of them as well!!
I am not one to rush out and get the vet at the first sign of lameness, heat, or minor swelling. I'll cold hose, bute and observe initially, but if things aren't looking better in a couple of days I'll consult the vet.
Though when Hugo did his suspensory a couple of weeks ago, feeling heat radiating out the back of his tendon, seeing him hopping on 3 legs, and the rather 'enthusiastic' reaction I got upon flexing the leg and squeezing lightly at the back of the tendon... I had the vet out very quickly!

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Don't forget horses can be evenly lame too, so not show it as obviously. It was an old trick of some horse dealers that had a lame horse, to make him lame in the opposite leg so he looked OK.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-19-2012, 11:27 PM
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Lameness to me is any interruption in the rhythm of the horses gait.

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