Slew of issues
I started leasing a horse recently but noticed quite a few issues with him including being lame. Paid for a vet to come evaluate his lameness and he found several faults, a few of which I have questions about!
The cause of his lameness is the right/front but he also noticed a confirmation issue with his hind legs.
His hind legs sometimes walk almost in a straight line, one in front of the other, instead of being parallel. See video:
He said this didn't make him lame but it might be a cause for arthritis later and I've read online that this might seriously limit his athleticism as it could make him tired easier, etc. Any experience with this?
I'm likely going to be "rescuing" this horse and take on his medical bills including x-rays for his lame foot, shoes, anti-biotics for a cough and more. We aren't sure if he will be able to become sound as it is, but this is just one more strike against my baby.
There is no such thing as a free horse and I know I may be in for lots of medical bills but I'm wondering how bad this is on top of the other things the vet found and counted as "lameness".
Thanks so much for your opinions! Trying to see what we have in store!
What are his hooves like. When I first started with my farrier/trainer last November Hunter was walking similar to that and his front legs were almost twisted. It was all because he had been improperly trimmed. She has done a fantastic job in 5 months. His front legs are straight and his back ones are straight and he walks normal too. BTW my "free" horse has cost me tons Gelding, hernia surgery, etc.), but I love him and he was worth it.
Thank you Hunter!!
That is VERY encouraging news! His feet are in fairly bad shape now and I am switching him new a new farrier ASAP and I really hope that they will be able to help that issue and, more importantly, his RF lameness.
Do you know what the technical term is when they walk like that? Anything to help me find out more information about it?
Five months and your horse is better, that's amazing! :D
I agree, have a good farrier look at him. His walking could be improved with either corrective trimming or corrective shoeing. He looks like he's toed in in the back and has some "wobble" to his hocks when he steps. Both should improve with the right trim and/or shoeing.
I'd also have a chiropractor visit him after you get the feet done. I prefer to use a chiro that is also a vet and that does accupuncture. Being vet IMO makes them more qualified for body work and the accupuncture seems to make the chiro work "stick" better. He could have some issues in his lower back and/or hips that is causing the odd gait.
The vet noticed the wobbling in his hips also. He has a fairly weak back because he hasn't been worked for a long time.
I'm so happy to hear that these things aren't as ****ing as a few people have told me. He's young, only six and so I'm hoping that with some time and patience and good care we can get him sound and working again!
Corrective shoeing can only help in certain situations. If the horse is over the age of about 4 the bones are solid and trying to correct solid bones could add to the lameness.
You didn't mention what the lameness was caused from in the right front.
One of the main things that I have seen cause that type of walk is actually in the hip not in the foot. A horse chyropracter might be the ticket. You would need to find someone that does horse chiropractic for a living not just any vet.
If I had my guess I would say the problem is in the hip or the back, but I can't tell because your video only shoots the feet.
I've got a picture of him taken only a year ago and his feet don't look toed-in and much better. Obviously it's just one not-so-clear picture but I'm looking for positive thoughts and hopes going into our x-rays and shoeing next week.
He is super cute.
The feet are the first step for sure. I wish you the best of luck with him.
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