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post #1 of 8 Old 04-30-2013, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Stiff Stifles- Seeking Advice :(

Since I left in January 2012, Sky had a few problem which we have been dealing with slowly.

He had bad case of thrush, poor trim job, bruising, you name it.

With much hard work on the part of my friend looking after him, we got past all of those hurdles. No more thrush, his feet are healthy, and no signs of bruising.

Then he went through muscle atrohpy on the right side of his wither. It was all sunken in and thus with his new topline his saddle didn't fit anymore. So I came down and we got him chiropractically adjusted, the vet came out as well, and we got him fitted for a new saddle.

So we moved past that issue.

Now... he has a slight bobbing of his head. His strides are choppy and stiff.. and we have been told from our farrier that Sky has some sort of stifle and shoulder issue. We're not sure what it's from.. the years of bad feet, the lack of movement at his old barn (he is in a bigger barn now,) etc.

He is on a joint supplement, he's at a healthy weight, he was given exercise on a daily basis before this came about.

Here are videos where you can see the slight head bob and the shortness of stride. He just.. doesn't seem comfortable :(



Anyone have any advice? :/ I'm really worried about Sky. We are calling a lameness specialist vet out as soon as we can. I've not used this vet before so we'll see what happens.

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-30-2013, 09:56 PM
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I don't know if this is much of a help, but I've heard that a few horses at out barn have stifle problems... The vets recommended doing trot poles and lots of cavalettis/poles, also hill work and backing down hills. Hope this helped a little, and hope you can get it all sorted out! Not related, but when will you permanently be back in the US? Good luck!
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I'll be back in December :) !!! So just 8 months left <3

Coming back a bit earlier.

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Thanks for the advice :) Anything helps!
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No one has any advice??

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It looks like stifle problems to me. I'd wait to see what the vet says, but hill work helps to strengthen the surrounding muscles and can help.
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Thanks AlexS!

Hopefully something not too serious. He's been through enough

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Get the vet out. If it's arthritis in the stifles (more likely) then strengthening the muscles wont really help and you will have to treat the horse in a way to help his arthritis. This includes 24/7 turnout, treating the arthritis through use of Adequan/Pentosan/Legend and IA corticosteroids and a consistent conditioning program. Oral joint supplements do very little, if anything. MSM is the only oral supplement proven to show any results and even that depends on the horse.

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Okay that's good to know. Thank you so much anebel.

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