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post #1 of 6 Old 04-24-2011, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Most likely source of pain?

Assuming there is no behavioral component to this, if a horse is reluctant to keep one hind leg up for hoof picking or for shoeing, what part of the leg is most likely causing the pain? My horse is only 9 years old, but is someone post legged and I have heard a little clicking back there in recent months. I'm suspecting a little arthritis might be starting the settle in. I don't want to just put him on an overall glucosamine supplement and hope for the best. Ideally I would like to target and treat the specific area. I'm thinking hock, but am not sure. Just curious if anyone had any ideas.

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-24-2011, 11:35 AM
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Stifle, hip, stringhalt, maybe a hock all came to mind. Can you tell where the click is coming from? Has he always been that way or is it a recent development? Does it affect him any other time or just when asked to hold his leg up\out? I agree on waiting to supp him until you know what it is, though I wouldn't hesitate to do a natural anti-inflammatory like desert yucca. I'd start with your vet and a chiro consult.
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Click sounds about half way up. It's not frequent. Just a click here and there every few days. I don't think stringhalt is on the table since there's hitching of the leg involvled and no problem in movement. It's just a stationary, "I don't want to keep that leg up" thing.

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Have you actually does a flexion test and used hoof testers? That is where I would start. I would also start with the other hind leg first. Have someone flex it tightly for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes and then immediately have someone else trot him off after setting it down.

Then, do it with the hind leg in question. If there is a real hind limb unsoundness coming on, it will show up. [Hoof testers will sometimes pinpoint a hoof problem that you would swear was in the upper leg.]

Then your options are many. You can treat it without diagnosing it by using Legend or Adaquan injections or an oral supplement. [The injections are much more effective.]

If this is a valuable performance horse or a show horse, and you actually want to have the problem diagnosed, a good lameness Vet is called for -- not a country GP Vet. A good lameness Vet usually opts for injections to 'block' out the pain, starting at the bottom and working up. THEN, they x-ray the joint or area they pinpoint as the problem.

Once the problem has been diagnosed, the Vet may recommend HA injections, rest, internal or external blisters, or may even recommend shoeing changes, etc. Without a comprehensive work-up and an exact diagnosis, it is like throwing darts over your shoulder and hoping one sticks. JMHO
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We did flexion tests awhile back when he wasn't moving well. Both rear legs tested a 1 (or whatever barely perceptible is) on the scale. Moving issue turned out to be unbalanced trim so unrelated to hind legs anyway. Farrier's coming tomorrow so we'll try hoof testers and see if anything comes up. I'm not completely convinced that he's not just being a butt. It just concerns me a little that it's only that one leg. Thanks for the advice.

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lol, I know I say this all the time - but seriously, I'd have a Vet come out and assess the situation, or haul him to a Vet where it would be cheaper. It's cheaper for me to haul Nelson to my Vet where he can get assessed, palpated, and xrayed, instead of having him come out to me.....then again, the gas prices are a beotch right now......

I hope you can pinpoint the issues! I know you love your Puck.

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