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        01-10-2011, 11:26 PM
    Green Broke
    Yeah,I have had two vets check over tack saw my saddle was too big so I got a new saddle shortly after and said it fit her also this vet is my main vet and they said it fits her well..they looked over the tree and the sides and whatnot.
    They walked her around..they picked up her legs as well.
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        01-10-2011, 11:28 PM
    So the vet came out and didn't trot her at all? Did you tell him that's when you noticed that she seemed the most sore? I'm not doubting what the vet did, I've just never had a vet do a lameness exam without trotting the horse!
        01-10-2011, 11:33 PM
    Green Broke
    They checked all her legs,hoofs,stomach,back,walked her around while the vet checked her out from a distance and I tacked her up how I normally do and they tested the saddle and everything and there is no pain in her brusing.There is enough clearance in my saddle but not too much nor too little. The said her neck needs to be adjusted...which makes sense as if she were grumpy...look at it this way

    Horse as a stiff neck and muscle spasms.She is going to be focusing on the pain in her neck more then being told to trot on because it hurts to move it...her eyes were bulging out of her head while he checked her over.
        01-10-2011, 11:34 PM
    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?
        01-10-2011, 11:36 PM
    Green Broke
    They did recommend a farrier for her feet and it's one that I actually already schedule.They said he is a great farrier and will help correct her hoof to some degree.
        01-10-2011, 11:37 PM
    Gidget, what about the rest of my post?
        01-10-2011, 11:40 PM
    Green Broke
    JDI...I'm sorry..I have been responding to other messages.

    They did not do a hoof test.

    I will put it in your words..they poked around and checked her tack. They didn't do a flexion tests or any trotting.
    The talked to me and told me
        01-10-2011, 11:45 PM
    Get a new vet.
    If you have concerns about your horse being lame, your vet needs to perform certain tests. Flexion tests are a bare minimum for vets to diagnose lameness. Again, no vet worth his salt would ever tell its owner that the horse "just has a neck spasm" when the owner is concerned about leg lameness, especially in the hind end.
    You say that they diagnosed a "wonky hoof" but it seems they didn't do anything but look at the hoof. What about hoof testers to see if there's something tender? What about trotting out to see HOW lame she is?
    I'd ask for my money back. If you spent a dollar on that vet, it was hiway robbery.
        01-10-2011, 11:50 PM
    Green Broke
    Honestly,I don't think my horse is lame. I looked at the videos and I couldn't see anything.I have a video loading right now I planned on showing you. Like people can't really tell with 13 seconds of a video.
    She has a foot that has always been turned out quite a bit..I mean it's not sideways but you can defiently tell it's not a normal straight hoof.
    Also..last vet as told me she has had knots before and I had to massage them. She hasn't learned to relax and stretch and I have been working with her for quite some time.

    I am sorry you are not happy with my vet. I plan to have a massage therapist come out for my horse and look at her and the farrier is coming out as well.
        01-10-2011, 11:51 PM
    Green Broke
    Oh and just so you know..farriers can test for lameness issues.

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