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post #1 of 3 Old 12-17-2012, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question nerve blocks different at 2nd exame??

I have a 20 year old AQHA that came up lame right after we purchased him 4 weeks ago. He vetted clean at the PPE except for slight response (1) on right hind fetlock during the flexion tests. Had the vet out right away. Found a small drainage track on right front, block to sole got 60% soundness, block to the back of the fetlock around to top of hoof got 100%. X-rays showed some navicular changes but since the horse didn't show other side lameness at block the vet wasn't sure if those findings were within normal for age. Cleaned up drainage track, shoed fronts with a wedge shoe, bute for a few days and a week rest. Horse seemed better but he is still off so had vet out today. Pulled wedge shoes since vet is convinced they would cause dramatic improvement if it were navicular. Redid the blocking of the navicular bursa and there was no change in soundness so pretty sure it is not navicular. Blocked the rear of the fetlock and around to the front of hoof and still no change. Did flexion of the fetlock and then the knee and neither made the horse worse. At that point vet needed to get to next appointment so we scheduled for him to come back to do more testing. The only other thing that was different today was that the horses right rear fetlock was swollen like it was stocked up. Has anyone had anything like this?
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-18-2012, 07:42 AM
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I have a couple of questions instead of answers.

What does this horse do for a living?

What was he doing just prior to your getting him?

Did the seller at the time of purchase (or would they now) authorize you to talk to their Vet and give you access to this horse's old Vet records.

We act as agents on some sales (not as many as we used to). I will not even look at or consider a performance horse of any kind if his old Vet records are not made available. The only reason they would not be would be that the horse had pre-existing problems that they were dealing with by using pain meds or injections of joints, etc.

If he came up lame right after purchase, it makes me think of Pain meds -- at least during the PPE. [The Vet we use takes and keeps , frozen I think, a blood sample om PPEs on expensive horses.] If he would have come up lame a month after purchase, I would suspect previous joint injections.

I'm afraid these are the first questions that need to be answered when any horse mysteriously comes up lame after purchase.

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post #3 of 3 Old 12-18-2012, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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He was bought to be a 4-h horse for my daughter and a pleasure horse for me so his job is to be ridden w/t/c 3 to 4 times a week for 1 hour or so at a time. His previous owner used him for 4-h and equestrian team although my impression was that he was their second horse and so didn't get as much use as their first, although they say he was ridden and shown this past summer. They say he has never had any lameness issues in the 4 1/2 years they owned him. They might be open to sharing vet records I will have to ask. We didn't have a blood sample drawn during the PPE as this horse isn't a expensive performance horse, but I doubt that the seller was hiding something. They are a local 4-h family and I checked their and the horses "references" before we purchased.
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