Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Gidget, it's time for a new vet if you're being serious.
A lameness test, ANY lameness test, would never be performed at a walk. The gait that will show lameness the most is the trot, and no vet worth their salt would ever do anything less.
Flexion tests are when the vet stands and holds a horse's leg in one position for approx. 30 seconds, then you trot the horse out in a straight line at a good clip for most of an arena to determine lameness. Depending on what kind of flexion test they do (i.e. you can stress certain structures individually) they can pinpoint the lameness. This will all be done on a safe, firm surface.
They will generally ask you to lunge the horse at a TROT to see if the stress of a circle seems to be bilateral or not, or worse one direction.
I do not understand why a vet would come out, poke around a horse's neck, look at your saddle and bridle, ask you to mosey around at a walk, and say there is nothing wrong. Did they take hoof testers to her feet? Did they recommend a certain farrier, or talk to you about a treatment plan to try and get her "wonky hoof" as correct as possible?
Something is very, very off here.
I have said it before and I will say it again - she appears off (lame) in the hind end. Did the vet say anything about her hind end at all?
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