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post #11 of 14 Old 12-15-2009, 10:13 PM
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Just food for thought, as it's rare, so I don't mean this as a doomsday prophecy or anything.

Sometimes horses can dislocate the pastern bone below the fetlock.It's called a subluxation, and it may never heal back quite right, and could pop out of place again. Or, it very well could be a simple scar that has really thickened or the ringbone you metioned.

The thing about ringbone, is it can be high or low, or both, and usually is from years of imbalance, whether from compensating for another pain, or from crappy hoof care, or lack of any hoof care. It's also most likely to occur in the front feet, as all hoof pathologies seem to start there. However, it's not impossible for the hinds or even only one side to suffer, but usually, the hinds aren't the first ones to get ringbone.

My thoughts go to perhaps the old calcified fracture, something like a bone spavin in the hock, or the subluxation, which would do something similar, and try to fixate the joint by producing more bone, and creating a visible deformity above the hoof wall.Again, it's not very common, but if she stepped in a gopher hole, or stepped off a trailer wrong, it could have happened. If she's stilll limping, I'd scrape up the money for some x-rays before I committed to owning her. Her usability may be severely limited, even if it is "just" ringbone.

Ringbone is often "osteo arthritis" and is a permanant, though sometimes manageable, condition that tends to worsen. It's arthritis, and requires special care, and she's not going to hold up to heavey work if that is what you had planned. Also, 5 is a bit young to have arthritis, especially if she's that wild, I doubt she's had much of a riding career, so I'm back to thinking it's an old injury.

My last thought would be an old joint puncture and the bones are rubbing on each other after an infection eroded all the soft tissues between them, and agian, her future is going to be limited, most likely.

Really, have the vet to a thorough work up is the best advice I think you could get around here.
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-16-2009, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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thanks amber. (i'm guessing that's you)
since you know as much as you do, i'll give the whole story as i understand it.
i bought this mare as a brood mare on her breeding and confirmation. saw her standing in a lot with other horses for sale. didn't know about the problem then and if i did i don't know for sure if i'd have walked away. gave $500 for her knowing she had stripped her left hind leg from above her hock over half way down the cannon bone. she was tied to a fence as a two yo going into training for the all american. that's the million dollar race for quarter horses. she kicked back through a fence. it ended her race career and i'm pretty sure the ankle on the other side got it's start then. her training stopped there and i've got a 5yo that's halter broke and is a fraidy cat and has a bad foot. i'd start her under saddle if i could fix this up, but not at any cost. as i said, i'd have had her to my vet before now if she'd load. i won't push her as this horse can go from things are ok to OMG instantly. she's done it. i'm not patting myself on the back, but i'm not a bad trainer up to my limits. i trim my own feet and would have done hers(they were way bad, long and multiple long cracks) but she would have none of it even with slow, easy, quiet, trying. called out my farrier and we had to tranquilize her and use a twitch to get the job done and he was stretching his back by the time we were finished.
i have her to breed and until the vet tells me she'll get so bad i have to put her down, i'll keep making those plans. i would like to make things easier for her. i really like her even though she is a kind of a nut. her dad is a TB but her mom is a daughter of rime(son of dash for cash) bred to a daughter of easy jet(who is full sister to easy date who won the all american).
that's how we got here.
going back to your web site now. like to learn new things.
thanks for the good input.
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-16-2009, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by strawboss View Post
i have a 5yo mare (just got her) who has what i think is ring bone. haven't taken her to the vet, but think i have this right.
i've read on the subject but never dealt with it and wanted to know if someone out there has, and if there is something other than surgery that will make her sound. it's on her right hind pastern and causes her to limp.
i think it's something i'll have to live with but would like to ride her if i can get her sound.
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I noticed your location is in SE OK. The best farrier in a multiple state area lives in SE OK. He works closely with veterinarians. He can trim and/or shoe for your mares comfort after a proper diagnosis. If interested, pm me and I'll hook you up.

He's a lameness specialist, with alot of education...very knowledgeable, and very, very good. What he tells you regarding your horses feet, you can take to the bank. He's a MF/CJF. Also has over 25 years of equine pathology under his belt.

I used him when I lived there

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post #14 of 14 Old 12-16-2009, 09:42 PM
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Well, Strawboss, I'll have to give up my fancy know-it-all spiel for now and just say that for a brood mare, she's prolly just fine! =) I tend to give long winded replies, heck, you should hear me in person! HA! So, keep us posted on any ideas from the vet, and I'd love to hear what he finds out. (the know it all has to know if she was right or should be duely humbled!).
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