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post #1 of 16 Old 09-06-2014, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Help with a Lame Gelding

My daughter's 10 year old Appendix Quarter Horse gelding, Aristocrat, went lame 4 days ago when he pulled a muscle in his leg while jumping. They were jumping solid jumps, and what happened was when he jumped, his front hoof hit the jump and tore off his shoe. When he landed, he landed really hard on his leg and pulled a muscle. This happened on Wednesday. The vet came down to check him, and she said that I should walk him daily on firm, flat ground, and that he should be back to light riding by next Tuesday. She also said that by Saturday, he shouldn't be limping as much, and that he should be able to walk, trot, and canter with barely a limp. Well, it's Saturday today, and after 4 days of walking him daily on firm, flat ground, he still can hardly walk, and he can't trot or canter. He is my daughter's champion barrel racer, and she would be heartbroken if he had to retire. The vet is coming down to check him again today. Any advice?
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Find a better vet?
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post #3 of 16 Old 09-06-2014, 08:08 AM
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Was there any swelling from this pulled muscle? I have to agree, I'd be finding a better vet. I don't think any of mine have ever been so lame they can hardly walk from a pulled muscle. My personal boy actually de-gloved his left front cannon bone area. Hair, skin, and a lot of the muscle gone. And was weight baring on it. There was a limp but not what you'd expect if you took a look during one of the many bandage changes.
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post #4 of 16 Old 09-06-2014, 08:11 PM
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How did this vet ascertain that it was a 'pulled muscle' & how did it happen? Why was this vet so adamant that you'd have specific results in specific days, and that walking would help? Obviously we may have the wrong idea, just going off your words, but another one for suspecting a better vet wouldn't go astray... sorry. I'd also quit walking him.
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Don't rely on local generalized animal vets, take a champion barrel horse to a large animal facility that specializes in equine lameness. These clinics have the proper equipment and expertise to assess this champion horse.
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If you are in the LA area and have a champion barrel horse, you need to make an appointment with Dr. Herthel at Alamo Pintado. They have one of the premier facilities in the US and Dr Herthel is leading expert in lameness. They are at Los Olivos N of Santa Barbara. Here is their website. Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center
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Thank you for the replies! Got advice from a different vet and he is doing great now!
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What was the problem?
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What was the problem?
He severely pulled a muscle in his leg.
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