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    04-01-2013, 11:04 AM
Very concerned, dreams may be shattered.

Hello all,
I'm sure almost everyone knows about my lovely paint mare. Well last summer when I had the vet out to check out her random skin issue, we found something up with her top line. I don't know if i'll even be able to ride her anymore. I don't know if it is an old injury or a serious condition yet. All so far that i've figured out (without my current ignorant vets help), is that when I go to mount she flinches, and drops herself almost 4 inches. And when you run your hand down her spine, just past where we found the muscle change (as you could call it), about 3-4 vertebra before her pelvis/point of hip, she flinches. I can't find anything about anything like this in any of my veterinary handbooks. I'm so heartbroken over it, I really wanted her to become a nice show horse, and trail buddy. I do have another vet i'm going to consult and have her come and check her out (as me and the other are done). I just don't know how to take this, but no matter what she'll have a forever home with me.
P.S. No my current vet did not tell me what it could possibly be.
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    04-01-2013, 11:09 AM
Kissing spine maybe? Pressure from tack fit? You might want to have a chiro come out depending on what the new vet says. Good luck!
    04-01-2013, 11:15 AM
Wetrain17, I usually ride her bareback, and its a muscle, it wrinkles across her top line. If you even brush it to rough (on accident) she has me so worried. I tried uploading a pic, but it keeps saying its too big. I'm going to call her here in a little bit.
    04-01-2013, 11:20 AM
Green Broke
HERDA Horse - About HERDA

Possibly just a start of it?
    04-01-2013, 11:25 AM
Green Broke
Have you had a chiro out? Massage? Acupuncture?
    04-01-2013, 11:35 AM
Green Broke
    04-01-2013, 11:42 AM
    04-01-2013, 12:23 PM
I don't know of any chiropractors in my area!!! I will be looking into it though! And i've never heard of HERDA? I did read the article, but i'm still not sure I understand what it is.
She is 5yo and and ridden bareback(very seldom now). She's had it since i've owned her, it's just now really starting to effect her. Her former owner had her checked out, and that vet said she was fine. I'll try to get a pic, if I don't today I will tmw. I did contact my 'new' vet, and she recommends I do not ride until she is available to come and examine her. I'm trying to find a current photo I have that may be able to show it. I have tooo many pictures!!!
    04-01-2013, 12:37 PM
Green Broke
To hear that a 5 yr. Old could have a problem that makes her unrideable is just the pits. I'm hoping there is a solution for your horse so that she will be useable for you at least in some capacity.I hope the vet sees her soon & has some recomendations for you.
    04-01-2013, 12:37 PM
Green Broke
Basically herda effects how the skin holds itself together. It first presents as sort of wrinkles in the skin until the skin keeps stretching until it finally tears apart. But if you have been riding bareback then that is probably not it. Still worth checking into. Is your horse registered? Herda is only in a certain line.

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