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huntreiter3 08-17-2009 09:08 PM

My New Horse Has Snapping Sounds When He Walks
Hi Everyone,

I am a newbie here. We just spent awhile searching for my daughters first horse. The horses we looked at were in the criteria our local 4H leaders suggested, and bought a 15 year old Quarter Horse that has been shown in 4H almost his entire life. Thinking we did great, I get him home and notice he makes a snapping or creaking sound when he walks. It seems to be his back legs. He walks fine, doesn't seem to have any soreness, but I keep thinking what did I do? Hoping I didn't make a huge error in judgment. Anyone have an idea what could be making this sound and what I should do from here. The previous owners seemed to really spoil their horses, their stalls & farm were immaculate, all vet records were up to date and the horse just finished well in their 09 county fair. I thought I did good. Any advice would be appreciated.

MIEventer 08-17-2009 09:18 PM

Before purchase, did you get a full veterinarian examination done, including xrays?

1dog3cats17rodents 08-17-2009 09:35 PM

I'd be worried if it was ALL the time, but if he just crackles now and then I wouldn't be worried. most of the horses I have ridden have snapped and cracked on occasions, especially if they were stiff that day (not bad stiff, just not warmed up yet)

huntreiter3 08-17-2009 09:44 PM

No, we didn't get a vet exam, they provided all his vet records that showed he was examined this spring, but of course that didn't include an x-ray, just an annual visit. We've only had him since Sat. evening and I just noticed it last night and again tonight when I went out to spend time with him. I will have listen to see how often I hear it and if I hear it after he's warmed up.

MIEventer 08-17-2009 09:54 PM

I would definately get a vet to come out and do an asessment if you can. See what he/she thinks and go from there. Your best bed would be to have a Professional have a look-see, instead of advice on a forum where no one can see the horse in person.

You may just need to start joint suppliments, but again - it is hard to asess without being there in person, and no one here are Vets.

QrtrHorseQueen 08-17-2009 11:19 PM

I wouldn't be too worried if there are no signs of lameness. I have actually seen/heard this first hand from a horse in my teenager days. Clicking in the horses joint occurs mostly in the fetlocks and less often in the hocks. The pastern click has a higher, sharper sound. In "clickers" the rolling of the fibers of main collateral ligaments is not smooth during flexion and extension, causing the snapping sound. This is a painless, harmless condition and should be a big worry.
If you horse does start showing signs of lameness however, call you vet and get him checked out! Otherwise, enjoy your new horse and I hope you daughter enjoys him.

NoniPony 08-18-2009 12:42 AM

yeah cracking here and there is okay but if it's something serious and if the vet finds something wrong then he may need injections or something

huntreiter3 08-18-2009 11:12 AM

Thank for the responses everyone. I'm glad I found this site.

StormyBlues 08-18-2009 03:37 PM

Blue did this before we starting injecting her and putting her on joint supplements, it was never a problem, but if the horse seems to be sore and uncofertable, then get the vet out! Good luck to your daughter!

AlmagroN 08-18-2009 07:53 PM

i wouldnt chalk it up to nothing. the guy stabled next to us recently had a horse doing this in the ankle. got xrays done, and turned out there was barely any caritlage left in the joint.

but it could be something, it could be nothing.... ask a vet. and good luck

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