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post #1 of 6 Old 05-24-2019, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hip problem? Help!

Does anyone have any idea what kind of problem I might be looking at in a mare that can't put all her weight on one back foot? We tried to trim our new rescue mare's back feet today and she almost went down when she had to stand on only one back foot. Looks like she has tight muscles in her hip and cannot stand with only one back foot down. Vet will be out Wednesday to look at her, but I was kind of hoping to get a heads up of how severe this issue might be and what some of the possibilities are so I can prepare myself and do some research in advance.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-24-2019, 11:16 PM
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Could be anything, broken hip, torn muscle, many things. Some vets will not diagnose a broken hip without an x-ray, around here only a few facilities can do that. Most can x-ray from the stifle down, anything above needs a more powerful rad. Some vets will do other diagnostics to determine, that separates the good vets from the less capable.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-24-2019, 11:48 PM
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Many possibilities. If they were falling down, then it's something significant. Can't even say what side is bothering her from your description. Could be the leg she was forced to stand on, or could be the flexing and bending of holding her leg up was the trigger.

Could be a muscle issue. Could be arthritis, bone chips, soft tissue injury, fracture. Could be in the foot, hock, stifle, hip, SIs, anywhere. Hard to say, especially if she's new and you don't know any history.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-25-2019, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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We have no history for her. She walks on it fine and doesn't limp, but she just sort of collapses when you try to pick up either of the back feet. There's definite soft tissue swelling though. I'm hoping it won't be bad enough to put her down. I wouldn't even care if she could never be ridden. I would keep her as a pasture pet as long as she's not in severe pain every day. You can also tell that the pain is coming from the hip/croup area as you can put pressure there and she flinches away.
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-25-2019, 05:17 PM
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Are you able to get a picture or a video at all? Hope it works out :<
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-26-2019, 11:40 PM
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Pictures and video would help. Get pictures from all sides- front, left side, right side, and rear.
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