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    03-26-2012, 11:36 PM
Green Broke
Question lame or not lame

My horse Apache appears to come up slightly lame quite often when he gets ridden. Its not every time just occassionally and its normally slight so you can't tell whether your imagining or not. I don't know if he has some slight stiffness that goes away once he has warmed up.

Yesterday he seemed really lame, it wasn't really obvious at a walk but at a trot it was impossible to miss. I walked him around for awhile and trotted him again and it was still obviously there. Afterwards I didn't find anything wrong with his legs no heat swelling nothing so I'm not sure.

I went and checked on him after work this morning and he looked ok. He trotted around the paddock with a bit of encouragement. He seemed a slight bit off but that could have just been the uneveness of the paddock throwing me off.

Could there be something wrong with him that I'm not thinking of? I'm at a bit of a loss. Whenever anyone knowledgable rides him they notice he is a bit off but after the first 5 - 10 minutes roughly they say it goes away.
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    03-27-2012, 05:22 AM
Green Broke
    03-27-2012, 05:26 AM
Have you had him checked for navicular?
Sorry to be a downer.. but this sounds like what we spent 4 years with for my dad's mare. However, with new shoes and retraining, she's in daily work without issue.

I would maybe have a chiro/vet/emt look at him too.

Is he 'short'- does he bob his head a little and stride a bit shorter
Or is he lame- in pain and discomfort whilst moving?

Does your saddle fit too? Saddle pinching can effect them too.

If you have a school, I would warm him up walking then let him loose and see how he goes on his own on a more even surface, or trot him up on a hard surface with someone watching.

He may need more of a warm up when you ride if it is just stiffness, however. I would seek some professional advice however. Legs aren't something to mess with in horses.

Best of luck though.. lameness is a horror, so many different things it could be!
    03-27-2012, 05:32 AM
Green Broke
The saddle I use is one bought for him so yes it does fit. I also think its more of a head bob with a shorter stride. I hadn't thought of that either so I might have him checked out.

The farrier is going to come out in a few days so I'm going to see if he sees anything with his feet that I might be missing.

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