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post #1 of 3 Old 10-31-2013, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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Question Stifle question

I recently purchased my first horse which I am wanting just for pleasure riding, nice trail walks and the occasional trot. I was told he has stifle in his leg and therefore will only be good for this, which I am fine with.
My question is this: Is it actually stifle? From videos I have seen and info I have read on the subject, most horses with stifle lock up their joint. My horse does not lock his joint, he just seems to walk with his back leg hoof facing inward and when he trots he drags his hoofs a little on the ground.
Is their different types of stifle problems? Does this mean his is not as severe as a locking stifle?
What do you recommend as a good excercise program for him.
I am a newbie and trying to find out as much as I can. Thanks
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-31-2013, 09:08 AM
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Hi! Welcome to the Horse Forum.

The stifle joint can get sore and can get arthritic. The only way to know what is going on with his stifles would be to get a good lameness Vet to x-ray them. Is there any way to get the old owner to let you talk to the Vet that originally diagnosed his problem? The old Vet may even have x-rays.

You do not say how old he is. Some young horses can have OCD lesions in their stifle joints, but I would guess that he is a lot older than that and more likely to have arthritic changes or inflammation in the joint. Poor leg conformation can also contribute to stifle problems. Horses that are very straight or upright through their stifles and hocks are a lot more prone to problems.

A lot of horses with stifle problems (not all) react very badly to a hind leg flexion test. Some horses with inflamed and sore stifles respond very well to joint injections. You just need to get the old diagnosis or need a current one that defines the exact problem.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-31-2013, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Cherie, I shall try and get some old X-rays if I can.
I forgot to say that he is 8 years old standard bred ex pacer.
I am thinking he was over worked in his career.
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