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post #1 of 29 Old 05-15-2016, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Slight lamness and head bob in young Gypsy Vanner horse

Hi all! First let me say thank you in advance for your help, as I am really appreciating any ideas and input on what this mysterious "off-ness" in my horse could be.
He is a 4-year old Gypsy cob and he bobs his head and stumbles when trotting to the left. It has been about a month now, and I first noticed it while riding. There was a head bob and stumbling when trotting ONLY to the left, and it is generally the same on the lunge line. I had the vet and farrier out, and neither could pinpoint what the problem is. The vet prescribed some butte and blocked nerves on his foot but the head bob and off-step still didn't go away completely when she did that. So I kept him on butte and let him rest. That was 3 weeks ago and it is still basically the same. Has anyone had any experiences like this before? Could it be an abscess that is taking it's time coming out? I haven't ridden him for the 2 weeks the vet told me to rest him, so I tried trotting him bareback today to see if there was any improvement. There is a video link below to see what I'm talking about:


Thanks again for reading! This is driving me crazy as I just want to be able to ride him again. He is such an amazing horse!
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post #2 of 29 Old 05-15-2016, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Edit with correct video link

Sorry, the first link in my original post was a messed up video. Here is the right video...

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post #3 of 29 Old 05-15-2016, 09:19 PM
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If he is still Showing pain after a nerve block of the foot, it means the pain is higher up.
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post #4 of 29 Old 05-15-2016, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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I wondered that as well, but the vet said she got no response from the flexion tests she did on the leg and knee. Could it be a shoulder problem?
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I would get a second veterinary opinion.
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post #6 of 29 Old 05-15-2016, 10:30 PM
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New vet, old one didn't try very hard to find the issue =( Need to at least know where the problem is to start and fix it
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post #7 of 29 Old 05-15-2016, 10:47 PM
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I agree- get another vet's opinion.
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Agree, on second vet. That lameness is pretty obvious!
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post #9 of 29 Old 05-16-2016, 12:29 AM
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does appear to be front left leg.
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post #10 of 29 Old 05-16-2016, 07:16 AM
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He looks lovely.

Get vet to check his heart. Don't mean to scare you, just rule it out as a problem. He is in good condition so probably unlikely to be that.
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