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post #1 of 5 Old 05-17-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question Odd lameness, Any ideas?

Ill just start from the begining;

Two weeks ago I took my horse out for a lesson, and she was a bit stiff in the front left but only just so. We figured it was just because she'd been in for a few days because of the weather, so I kept going and she worked out of it in about 5 min after cantering. I figured cantering helped her stretch out since she was fine for the rest of the lesson.
Next day I take her out to do some light schooling and she does it again, only more pronounced so I didn't ride. I wraped both her front legs, buted her and gave her a couple days off with stall rest. (She was seen running and bucking in the paddock earlier that day, could have been the cause?)
After two days we trotted her and she was sound, so she went back out to pasture. (Had a little crazy time in the paddock again)
Checked her again two days later and she was still fine so she did a lesson. Didn't miss a step.
Next day I took her out to do some schooling and she was lame but it felt like it was more in her shoulder. So I stretched her front legs (forgot to mention I'd done this on previous days as well) and put linament (sp?) on her shoulder.
Next day, trotted her out and she was fine. Gave her the day off.
We ended up going to a show over the weekend ( I know, not the best idea...) friday warm up went excellent, best ride I'd had in a while.
Saturday warm up she was great, nice floaty trot, really using herself. Then she did one of those trips where they forget they have back legs. After that she started with her left front again. I got the ring stuard to look at her (she wasn't too bad when I trotted her for her) and she told me to go in for my class so the judge could excuse me herself. When I went in the limp became much more noticeble than before, (even before I first came out) and I was excused. (I only did it so I wouldnt have to pay a vet to come out and look at her just so I could be excused from my classes)
Didnt ride her for the rest of the day.
Checked her on Sunday, and it was still there but only just so. Stall rest for the rest of the day.

Im giving her this week off and I've scheduled an appointment with the chiropracter next week. If nothing comes of that Im going to schedule a vet appointment.

Me and my coach are at a loss, since theres never any heat or soreness when I feel her legs. I always check her feet before and after i ride and there isnt any soreness caused by my tack. Were thinking at the show she might have knocked her front foot with her back feet when she pulled them back under her and got a bruise.
Is it possible she could be turning ring sour?
Any ideas? Im getting worried.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-17-2011, 05:32 PM
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I think a chiro is your best bet, it almost sounds like its her hip that are causing the front end lameness. Good luck!
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-18-2011, 11:09 AM
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Most of the problems in the back end of a horse show up in the front before you find them in th back.

I had a smilar case where my horse fell on some ice in her pen, was coming up with a slight limp, then moved to the shoulder, then she was stumbly in the back and I had a vet/chiro out...he did acupuncture and Chiro on her and said she had problems in the back end and that was why she was limping in the front because her rear wasn't strong enough to support her in its condition.

He adjusted her, and the next day she was moving great...although the problem in the rear end is from before i got her, so muscle memory has taken its course and I've had to have him out once since for readjustments. But after he comes she is moving much better.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-27-2011, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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Had the chiro out today. Turns out she had dislocated part of her shoulder. And all of the soft tissue from her chest back to the girth area was sore!
Got a few exercises to do with her shoulder to keep it loose and he said after a few days of lunging she should be fine!
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-27-2011, 10:41 AM
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Glad it was simple!
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