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post #11 of 19 Old 01-27-2012, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Tommorow I will have to do the little test that the vet does for lameness. Stretch her leg then trot her off to see if she looks good! :]

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There's actually a proper way to do the flexion test. I wouldn't attempt it without having the vet show you the exact positions and lengths to hold.
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-27-2012, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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^^ I didn't realize that, thanks. I thought they just stretched the leg.
I will just trot her a bit in hand then to see how she looks :]

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There's actually a proper way to do the flexion test. I wouldn't attempt it without having the vet show you the exact positions and lengths to hold.
Yes, don't try it yourself.
I know I'd flunk most flex tests & I don't have any problems I'm aware of.
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I flunk the "getting out of bed in the morning and trying to walk to the bathroom" test. Daily.
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-27-2012, 03:12 PM
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The best thing to do is get some xray and KNOW what you are dealing with. Arthritis CAN be managed and in fact is is better for the horse to be moving anyway. There are joint injections than can help as well as better joint supplements that can help (I love Corta-Flx)

All you are doing is taking stabs in the dark. You need to know exactly what the problem is so you can make an informed decision. chances are, after a good rest like she had, she will be rideable with joint and pain management and within reason. she may even improve when you know what you are dealing with and can treat it directly.

Also would like to mention that rubber shoes can really help arthritic horses be more comfortable in work.
http://plastichorseshoes.com/

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post #17 of 19 Old 01-27-2012, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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^^ I thought xrays just showed bone, not arthritis?

She was awesome today! I trotted her on hard pavement and she was completely sound, and looked great. After, she wasn't even hot in her legs.
I should probably get a vet to figure out what it is for sure though.
Buying another horse is more expensive than a vet bill if she ends up being good :]

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Xrays show bone AND damage to the joint aka arthritis.

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Xrays show bone AND damage to the joint aka arthritis.
Okay, thank you! I will have to consider getting her an xray.

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