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post #1 of 15 Old 06-27-2014, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Help Knowing Why Horse Has a Limp

I recently received a horse from an acquaintance. After a foot trimming the horse started to limp and could hardly move his back leg for a week or so. It has now been a few months and he is still favoring the leg. I have attached a video. Can those of you who know a lot about horses tell me what is wrong with his leg? Thanks for the help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DSh...ature=youtu.be
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-27-2014, 01:17 PM
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I can't help but the ones who can are going to need more info. Posting hoof photos will be helpful as well. Has he been trimmed since he went lame? Have you palpated his leg for soreness or injury? Have you checked his hoof for abscesses? Could it be founder (usually presents in the front feet though)? It could be so many things. Definitely going to need more info.
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-27-2014, 01:27 PM
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It's been a few months of being lame and he hasn't seen a vet?

The only experienced person that can tell you what is wrong is a vet. It could be SO many things, and just because a person is experienced with horses in general does not mean they are able or qualified to tell you what is wrong with the horse without actually seeing it in person, feeling the leg, possibly taking x-rays, etc etc.
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-27-2014, 01:39 PM
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I don't think she wants an actual diagnosis just where to start. If its a trim issue then she needs a new farrier not a vet BUT I 110% agree with your statement. No one here can diagnose this horse they can only give you ideas. As for her not having a vet out let's not judge until we have more facts. Some places a horse vet or even a vet in general is impossible to find. We need more information at this point to make any clear judgement.
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More so worried about the fact that your ridding him then that fact you've yet to seek help. =/
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-27-2014, 01:52 PM
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More so worried about the fact that your ridding him then that fact you've yet to seek help. =/
I didnt watch the video because I knew I couldn't help until I saw this comment. I agree you should NOT be on that horse.
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Cantering is not the gait to assess lameness.
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post #8 of 15 Old 06-27-2014, 02:08 PM
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I recently received a horse from an acquaintance. After a foot trimming the horse started to limp and could hardly move his back leg for a week or so. It has now been a few months and he is still favoring the leg. I have attached a video. Can those of you who know a lot about horses tell me what is wrong with his leg? Thanks for the help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DSh...ature=youtu.be
Being you are new to the forum, I don't want to "scare you off" by being too harsh. But there are a few things we need to address here.

1) Get your horse to a vet. This horse has been lame for months.
2) Stop riding this poor horse. He is in pain.
3) Get different headgear to ride him with. Whatever noseband contraption you have going on, it is way too low on his nose and can cut off his air supply. Plus all he's doing is pulling against it anyway, and bracing, and sticking his nose out in the air.
4) Have your rider buy a pair of boots. Tennis shoes can very easily slip through the stirrup if you should happen to fall, and that will get dragged behind the horse. Not safe.
5) Looks like the horse either needs more muscling or more groceries, or both. His body condition could be better.

Is he a stallion? Looks kinda big down there to be a gelding.

We can't tell anything specific from the video you posted, except your horse is clearly lame. If you want to post a proper lameness video, you need the horse to be trotting. In a circle, and on a straightaway (to and from the viewer). But either way, I can't come and flexion test the horse through my computer, which is why the horse needs to see a vet.

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post #9 of 15 Old 06-27-2014, 03:07 PM
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I agree with beau 100%

To me he looks lame in the higher leg/pelvis. He is lame at a walk, shouldn't be ridden.

The fact he went lame after the farrier visit could be because there was an issue before and lifting and holding his leg up stirred it up.
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post #10 of 15 Old 06-27-2014, 03:51 PM
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That horse is a saint, it is in pain and still is trying to do what you ask. Now be nice back and get a vet, like now! And don't ride him until he is sound again
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