A few days ago i noticed whisks was looking a bit lame and stiff in her back legs but when i went to go see she was walking fine like there was nothing so i passed it off as maybe she'd slipped going down a hill or something stupid like that, then today i noticed she was lame again only it's more of a stiffness than a lameness and i'm just wondering if she's done something to her back as she's recently had a minor injury in the trailer where there's been nothing at her rear end to stop her from resting on the trailer door. i've felt all down her legs and feet but there is no swelling or heat. I'm pretty certain she's stiff in both legs but more so in one than the other. Sometimes it looks like the stiffness is coming from her thigh's.
I intend to wait it out a little bit and see how she progress's as last time she was lame the vet found nothing that could cause it and on the day he came to x-ray her there wasn't a hint of lameness in her.
In the mean time i'm compiling a list of chiropractors for her.
Is it possible that she has done something to her back?
Is the stiffness something that's come on suddenly? Also, is this the horse in your profile that's almost 14? When I hear stiffness, I think arthritis, and 14 is not too young, as I found out recently. Might be worth having your vet do a lameness exam and see what s/he thinks if she doesn't come out of it in a week or so. Doesn't sound like an emergency situation, so I think waiting is a good plan.
i think it was Friday when i thought she was stiff but when i went for a closer inspection she seemed fine, she wasn't resting any legs and she was grazing away quite happily. Then today she was stiff again. She's not resting any of her legs, i did hear a soft clicking when she walked like the noise ankles make.
does arthritis not come with swelling of the joints?
A chiropractor that is a registered massage therapist is what I would being seeking out.
My mare was 12 when she got arthritis
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I like to keep things simple and it were my horse I would separate her from any other horses into a smaller area to let her rest and limit movement for a week before calling anyone....
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My mare was diagnosed with arthritis in her hocks. She's 14. She came up acting stiff sort of suddenly, with some clicking as she moved. I thought it would have happened more gradually, but maybe I just didn't notice. Your vet would be able to tell probably, but there's not really a hurry if that's what it is. I gave my mare extra turnout for 6 weeks to see if it would go away, but when I started riding her it got worse, so then she went to the vet.
Just had the chiropractor out, her hip was out of alignment all is right now, and turns out amber had a trapped nerve too which is now been put right.
I've known horses to be euthanized at 5 years old for arthritic changes.
A horse at 14 years old in consistent work with no preventative treatment or care is almost sure to be arthritic. It's a couple hundred dollars for a lameness exam from a vet, and then you will have a clear diagnosis and can work from that. Any chiropractor worth his salt will not adjust a horse without seeing x rays of the area first, nor would I ever use one who didn't follow this protocol.
Your vet is your best resource for a sound, healthy horse.
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