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        07-19-2008, 04:43 PM
    This is a wierd one...

    4 year old TB gelding....
    He's been lame for a week or so so the owner took him to the vet who took several x-rays of his leg and shoulder, blocked and tested him etc and found NOTHING.

    He's walking around like he's crippled, no heat, no soreness or tenderness, nothing. The x-rays showed nothing. When the vet blocked him he narrowed it down to somewhere between the hoof and ankle.

    The horse is clearly in pain and no one can find anything....
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        07-19-2008, 04:55 PM
    Hm, that is odd...could it be his hooves? Maybe they could let the farrier see him?
        07-19-2008, 04:56 PM
    The farrier has already checked the hooves and the hooves were x-rayed as well. Nothing....
        07-19-2008, 05:21 PM
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    I'd suspect abscess. They can be hard to find at times.

    Is there a pulse on the back, just above the hoof?
        07-21-2008, 04:10 PM
    Hmmm... It may be worth taking the xray's to someone else and see if they can see anything. I would try and get some pictures and email them to some farriers. I've noticed they recongnize more going on in the feet/legs than vets.
        07-21-2008, 04:27 PM
    Out of curiousity...were the xrays digital or the old film kind? Personally I don't trust the old film can see SO much more on the digital xrays.

    I'd get a 2nd opinion
        07-22-2008, 04:57 PM
    Ok here's the update...
    The horse was taken to Texas A & M Large Animal Hospital with his x-rays, farrier reports etc...and the head of the hospital is treating him. He's been there for 2 days and they have not found anything. X-rays are perfect, palpates normal etc. They did an ultrasound and found a n overstretched tendon in his pastern but that does not satisfy the vet as to the whole reason for the lameness. Tomorrow they are injecting him with radioactive stuff to check to see if it's a bone density issue. This big baby is a real trooper, he's being very cooperative.
        07-23-2008, 02:23 PM
    Wow! That's pretty rough! Is this one of yours or a students?
        07-23-2008, 10:22 PM

    No, this time it's not. He's my daughter's godfather...


    He has a slight fracture in his shoulder that was undetected in the x-rays. It's behind the joint and is expected to heal completely a long period of stall rest.

    We suspect he did it when the neighbor's stallion got loose and tried to mount the mare in the pasture...then our hero ran around the barn and knocked him off of her full force. The stallion was a full grown adult, this little guy is only 3.
        07-25-2008, 08:29 PM
    Wow, glad that you found out what was wrong with him and now know how to treat it. It's h3ll when you have no clue and they can't talk to tell you where it hurts.

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