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post #11 of 13 Old 03-01-2015, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Espy View Post
He isn't a lameness specialist, though. Maybe I will try to find one to come and look at her.
Then that would be my next step, when you are able. Find a good equine lameness vet to do a second opinion.

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The x-rays were done on each leg and her back. Nothing was found. Surely if the fence injury caused damage to the bone, than there would be excess bone at the place of injury?
What type of x-ray machine does your vet have? Digital? Or the old fashioned screens?

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My vet, my mom, my trainer, and even me at times, messed with that leg to see if we could find a sore spot. We stretched and bent it in every direction. We lifted the other foot so she would have to stand with more weight on her right, and she didn't really care. That's why we went for the ultrasound for cysts, we thought surely it isn't her leg. It must be something internal.
Did your vet do flexion testing? Its one thing to flex on a leg, but it's another to then watch the horse immediately trot off after the "stress" was applied. That's where a good equine vet comes in, to find the little subtle things where a horse might look "off". Takes a very trained eye to do so. I've have a lot of lameness problems with my horse Red, and I don't always see what they see .... but I'm not a lameness vet with years of experience! Which is why a second opinion wouldn't hurt. Not trying to say your current vet has done a bad job, but if he isn't a lameness specialist, he might not know exactly what to look for or how to recognize it.

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Thank you for all the replies. I don't recall what kind of xray machine he has, and I don't remember if he did a flexion test either.

I think my next step will be to get in contact with a lameness specialist. First, we will get her feet done and give her a week or two to make sure her feet aren't going to affect it. Then I'll wait for the snow to melt. Once the snow melts, I'm going to start with just lunging (no tack) for a while, and then a bareback test. Once I detect lameness, I will call a lameness specialist and have them come do an exam. I want to make sure they see her when she is lame, as sometimes she goes just fine.

Thanks again. I will update when I have more information. =)
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post #13 of 13 Old 03-03-2015, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Espy View Post
I don't recall what kind of xray machine he has
If it's an old-style with x-ray films, you won't get the same DETAIL as you will with digital. You'll see much more subtle and fine changes with digital, than the old fashioned films would miss.

Also, if you always feel like it is more when you ride, bring your tack to the lameness vet! They'll go through their usual flexion testing and maybe nerve blocks, but I've ridden my horse in front of my vet before to see if what we were doing for treatment was helping. Horses are not straight forward (especially for subtle problems) and every little piece of information can be useful for your vet.

Keep in mind that a GOOD lameness vet may be booked out a ways ... so don't wait too long to call once you are ready.

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