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post #21 of 31 Old 01-27-2015, 03:33 AM
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^Jojanage, unfortunately(& scarily IMO), 'horse chiropractics, like farriery & many other horsey bodyworkers, is not regulated over here. BUT to be a registered chiropractic vet, you must be a vet, or a human chiro or osteopath first, before doing a certified 'horse chiro' course.
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post #22 of 31 Old 01-27-2015, 01:58 PM
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That's higher than I thought in terms of lameness. I'm glad you had the vet out.

Don't beat yourself up. We've all been there and it is often hard to tell. You did the right thing getting the vet out and now we need to see what can be found. A lot of people wouldn't even of bothered.
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post #23 of 31 Old 01-28-2015, 08:22 PM
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She seems agitated loosen up on the bit and stop taping tapping, tapping, tapping and tapping with your legs. Because she is throwing her head asking for rein and her tail.
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post #24 of 31 Old 01-29-2015, 12:10 AM
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Meanwhile, the guilt is on. I should've listened to my instincts long ago instead of everyone around me saying it was just attitude....
Great that you got some answers from the vet. You may get a lot more - and hopefully some treatment from a chiropractic vet.

Re guilt - yes, if you care, you're going to feel bad, regardless of rationality. But just remind yourself, you were doing the best you could for her with the knowledge you had - as I believe the vast majority of us do - but we can't know everything, and if the 'experts' can't teach us better, how are we meant to know?? It's hard to work it out, especially if you have everyone in your ear saying otherwise. I'm glad I never gave up on looking for answers for my boy when so many 'experts' said 'that's just the way he is' & 'he's just a grumpy pig, it's just personality'. I still feel a bit guilty that he was with me for a few years before I found a bodyworker who actually knew a thing or 2, and through treating his back, surprise surprise, changed his 'attitude' too, to a sweet, happy to please pony!
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post #25 of 31 Old 02-04-2015, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Vet came on Saturday.

He did a quick going over of both hinds and back etc,, and felt strongly that there was no point in blocking below the hock. We took her out, flexed her and trotted her out and she was consistently travelling on three tracks, most prominently at the walk. Left front and hind were lined up on one track, right hind was landing with a slight stabbing motion, to the outside of the right front track.

He blocked the hock, let her graze for a bit and then took her back out trotting on the road. No change.

He then blocked her stifle. This time when she walked out, she was more in line and the stabbing motion wasn't quite as bad. She also didn't have seem to have to gather herself up so much to throw herself into a trot as she had with the previous transitions.

He felt there was enough of a change to consider the stifle worth looking at more. He xray-ed the stifle, did a preliminary look at the xrays and told me that he didn't see much if anything out of place there, but he wanted to take them back to the office and look at them in higher resolution than the little laptop screen.

He got back to me Monday afternoon, he said that her stifle looked very good, with no related bony changes. There was a slightly roughed up looking area on the xray that he mentioned on Saturday but after closer examination he felt it was within normal limits.

He went out to my barn this morning while I was at work and did an ultrasound, so now I'm awaiting the results of that.
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No beating yourself up at all, you get a cookie for being so thorough!

Sounds like you have a good vet, I like it when they are on the same page.

Good but not good that there are no results yet.
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Ultrasound was completed on Monday. He also took it upon himself to xray the hock while he was there, just to rule it out for sure I think. He isn't charging me for either. Talk about great vet?!

Ultrasound showed a very healthy stifle, and xrays showed a healthy hock.

Given that there are deeper parts of the stifle that cannot be seen through these types of diagnostics, he wants to re-block the stifle, one side at a time this time and then make the call.
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post #28 of 31 Old 02-23-2015, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Rya had her stifle injected this evening with sodium hyaluronate and cortisone, I believe. She has been prescribed two days of paddock rest and bute, followed by 1 week of hand walking, and regular turn out with her buds, followed by riding to gradually bring her back to her previous fitness level (and hopefully beyond, as I want to do some pretty extensive trail riding this spring/summer). I am to look for significant improvement within 14-21 days. Vet still suspects their could be something going on with her pelvis, but we shall see how she feels over the next couple of weeks.
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Good luck!
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Yeah, good luck. Also Hyaluronic acid can be given orally as a feed supp too - worth looking into & seems to be quite helpful.
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