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post #1 of 6 Old 08-15-2012, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Pain in hip and rump

We where given a 12 year old paint gelding who was in a 12 x 36 pen with a 12x 12 stall where he paced day and night. He was a stall walker and broke ever hay feeder and water in the pens from bordem. He is now n 4 acres no longer pacing our problem is he keeps coming up sore in the hip and butt. His stifle, hock and fetlock have all been negative for lameness. We tried the chiropracter seemed to help for a day or 2. Saddle check was fine. When on the left lead riding or lunging he will go for a while then will duck out to avoid the left lead. I was told he had a hard time getting the left lead when he was in training. First vet said he is being a bully and ride him through it which we did only to have him become extremely sore on the crease of the butt and back area where the jumper bump usually is. The more he is ridden the more he hallows back and when you get off he kicks the right leg out and grunts. He also looks behind him from side to side no matter where your at first I thought he was just being curious but now I am thinking it is him looking to see what hurts him. His butt muscles to me are very tight and when you try to stretch his legs out he does not like the right one pulled out. Because of his stall walking he had very little back hoof he now has since grown out and the farrier was able to address them. He is such a sweet guy wants to please us. So off to another vet who felt he would do well with the iodine/almond oil blistering. 4 days post injection completely pain free. Started back on the light work out cantering in a straight line for 10 mins. second day riding he is back to being sore in both hips and back. He lived in a selinum deprived soil and feed in California area the vet does not think that is it but where he was boarded there are 2 cases of defiency. We live in South Dakota now and he is on pasture (brome hay) a flake of grassy alfalfa 2x day with 1/2 cup safe choice and 1/2 apple cider vinager. Are we barking up the wrong tree with it being his muscles in the butt? Anyone have a similar problem? any information greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-15-2012, 09:54 PM
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Just based on this information, here would be my plan.

Step 1) Stop riding altogether until you get this sorted out.

Step 2) Find a GOOD equine vet or vet school to work with.

Step 3) Follow their advice.

If the chiro helped before, I would keep using one. It takes many visits to make permanent progress. Also, you don't mention the physical condition of the horse, or what kind of experience he has, or what kind of work you want to do with him.
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I cared for this horse for 5 years in California he was mostly a yard art for the owners again living in a 12 x 36 pen attached to a 12x12 stall. He was ridden for maybe 2 months at the most trail and alittle arena work. He paced until his rear feet were worn square and not much to work with.. He made the 1800 mile trailer ride with one incident where he pawed and got his front foot caught in the hay net. He appeared to be okay and finished the trailer ride with no other incident. We did start him to work in 4H 2 days later and he appeared fine we trail rode nothing hard all flat The first signs started whenever your on the left lead he tries to duck out he will do this both lunging and riding. When going to the right he is fine first vet felt he was just being nasty and ride him through it and felt the flinching in the butt was nothing. We attended state 4H where he was in showmanship hunter hack and trail. He has had mild soreness in hip area after the hunter class I attributed the soreness to the jogging gave him bute. The next day he was awful head in air not standing trying to bail out tail going and yawning alot..We scratched him from trail class and brought him home. I took him to another vet who I really liked and between him and my farrierr felt he was a candidate for the iodine blistering in the muscle 4 days post injection he was symptom free. Started back cantering 10 mins straight line as advised to do. 2nd day of riding we are now back to square 1 only he is now flinching on the left side also. I remember faintly when his old owner did ride him he would nicker when he would get off him I dont blame him as he was a large man the thing is he is doing it with my 100 lb daughter and at STate when he was at his worse he would kick that right leg out and grunt. I dont want to be vet jumping so I am waiting for this last vet to return next week to re=evaluate him. I did talk to him n the phone and he is baffeled to the flinching and soreness on the left side now. he does want him ridden mild work out which we both agreed if the sorness increases we will stop. Saddle and pad are fine and he shows no soreness in those areas he has sweat marks where he should so I know its not the saddle he grunts or nickers when you get off bareback or with saddle I am thinking either SE difiency or pelvic out of alingment? His butt muscles are rock hard all the years of pacing I thought maybe those muscles need to get stretched back out and retrained perhaps we started out to fast on them, but now I think this problem was there long before we got him no one rode him long enough for his back and hips to show signs of this problem until now.
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I agree with Affored, I'd stop riding and get the chiro back.
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Currently he is on 4 acres with one other horse. The vet felt if we stall him (which he hates) would cause more strain on him he hates stalls and will pace and paw to china. At State he was ok in stall as he had horses on both sides he did throw a fit when they took those horses out by pawing and pacing for about 1 hour. His back feet have grown out enough for the farrier to address them now. His knees and hocks are clean. This was are fiirst year in 4H and hoping to return next year in reining, trail and jumping. COurse all depends on him and his soundness.

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I would definitely leave him out with a buddy, and get the chiro to evaluate him. It will be a tremendous help if your chiro, vet and farrier will work together to find out what's going on.
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