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post #1 of 3 Old 02-13-2018, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking up?? Locked stifle?

Hello, I have two mares that both stock up in their back legs a bit. MY newest mare is 17 and was rescued out of the kill pen last february. She stocks up a bit more in her back legs than my 11 year old who I have had for 5 years. Both girls are atleast 100 lbs over weight and are not being ridden or exercised right now due to it being very cold. Do I need to be concerned with stocking up? Or is this possibly from them being so overweight and not ridden much? Both are very healthy otherwise, and not lame. I do plan on working them alot on the ground once it warms up and start riding again. Also my newest mare who was rescued out of kill pen,I've only owned her a few months, has a stifle that locks up for a few minutes after I clean her hoof out, or after she is trimmed by the farrier. She holds it up in a locked position for a few minutes after it is worked on, but then she has no trouble dropping it again within a few minutes. She is not lame either, and it does not seem to bother her.
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I WOULD be very concerned about their weight. I would not be concerned about stocking up (mild swelling due to edema usually in the back legs and always on both sides) I'm guessing they are not moving much at the moment so as long as it is normal for those horses then that is fine. Now if a horse never stocked up and suddenly started I would be more concerned. Especially for the older one, some horses are just prone to it, just keep them moving to get it down.

As far as the older mare, that doesn't sound like a locking stifle. A horse whose stifle is locking has a straight leg, your mare is choosing to hold her leg up when it is picked up, not the same thing.

Has a vet seen her? Especially as she's new with a questionable history I would have her checked out.. I'm guessing it's a pain thing, she may well have arthritis or something but I would get her checked out.
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Ditto mostly what Yogi said, but that I WOULD be concerned about the stocking up - it's not a big issue of itself, but it is a *symptom* of a problem. In this case, sounds like excess weight & lack of movement is the cause of that. If your horses aren't inclined to exercise by themselves, or aren't able, because they're locked up, you need to get out there & ensure they do. Regular exercise is SO important for the health of animals evolved to be on the move near continuously.

BUT of course, if they're not exercising because they are in pain(and horses don't necessarily have to be 'lame' to be in pain), then you don't want to be forcing exercise, unless under a vet's advice. Agree that doesn't sound like locking stifle in your rescue mare. Sounds like it hurts her to have her foot held like that. Do you know why she was at the killers? It's possible it's because she is in a bad way.

So first thing first, I'd get a good equine vet to come & give her(or both) a good workover & see if they can find what's wrong. I'd be looking for a chiropractic vet if poss, as they tend to have far better understanding of - & ability to treat - body issues than a 'GP' vet. I'd also be very cautious about how you lift her feet, & ensure your farrier is too, that you hopefully find a position she is comfortable in that doesn't hurt her - she sounds like a gem, to just put up with it! The farrier may well not be happy about it, as it may make their job harder if she can't lift high or bend much.
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