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post #1 of 3 Old 09-17-2020, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Compression in neck

Had the vet out today to try to get some joint/pain medication for my horse Dodge. When we were talking I also let her know about some other issues I've noticed that seemed strange, maybe vision or neurological. Were going to try a bute trial to see how much lameness clears up with that, and then get a reassessment to see how much might be neurological. Also advised to test for EPM (Anyone know what that costs and what the treatment costs? This vet was great with estimates so I'm sure she can break that down for me when we get there but she said it was slightly expensive)

She said he for sure has compression in his neck. He moved his neck normally to the right, but not to the left and had trouble moving it down. I can absolutely tell it's an issue for him, I've felt the effects of it when riding him. She said it's not serious enough to warrant him unsafe for riding, but it could be a component of the other things he's experiencing.

She said it can't be fixed. I was hoping to get some others thoughts on this neck compression, and if there's anything I can do for that.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-18-2020, 02:15 AM
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It would be worth it to get rads done of the neck to see what's happening. I haven't heard of spinal conpression in horses considering that involves parallel force. Cervical arthritis, however, is a very real possibility. Depending on the severity it can cause lameness and neuro issues. Mine has minor c3/c4 arthritis that shows up mostly in resistance to flexions.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-18-2020, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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I found one article on "The Horse" that says it can be congenital, injuries, or degenerative joint disease.

I read another article on horse and rider which went over some other stuff related to neck compression and it seems like there isn't much to do about it. There's one implant they can do (Bagby Basket) to stabilize the neck where the compression occurs. Also suggested was physical therapy and neck injections depending on what is going on in the neck. I would assume that equioxx may help in that case.

I've known the horse before I owned it and have videos when he was 5 and came off the BLM, and he had the same issues then, so it seems it's something he's had for quite a while.

I guess this really explains to me some of the issues I've had with Dodge in the past. He's had a history of being really reactive and on and off behavioral problems. I guess some days he must hurt more than others.
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