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post #1 of 3 Old 11-10-2015, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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This horse had history of lameness in alternate limbs due to short heel on all limbs and recovered gradually. 2 week prior to presentation, caretaker noticed lameness while trotting..

Nerve block:
Palmar digital nerve block – horse still lame
Abaxial sesamoid nerve block – horse showed reduced lameness

Hoof tester – no sign of pain

Straight line trotting – Shows head nod when the right foot is onto the ground and head up when the left foot is stepped onto the ground


Could you help me find the abnormality from the radiograph? see attachment file
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Sadly I can't interpret x-rays but you might have better luck if you post this in the "Horse Health" section of this forum. Meanwhile what did your vet say? Only other recommendation I can make aside from that is it sounds like you may need to go to your nearest vet school for a lameness evaluation. My experience has been that it's not neccesarily much more expensive than having your vet look at them---it's just the inconvenience of getting there. Meanwhile you'll have access to top notch vets and advanced diagnostic techniques (granted, those may get expensive!).
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Hi, afraid I'm not too well versed on rads above the fetlock - getting mods to move this to the Health section might get you more helpful comments... You could also look up Patty Stiller & ask her to have a look - I imagine she might be the best one here for that.

You have talked about a sesamoid nerve block having results, but have included only carpus rads(unless that's a very strange looking fetlock...). If these rads show something, I imagine it's arthritis, and maybe she's lame from big changes to her hoof balance recently?

You mention she had 'short heels' - was that in relation to the bony column balance - eg. 'negative palmer angle' or otherwise? Because many people - including some vets & farriers still like to see high heels on horses - heels SHOULD be very short. But they can be too low, often when they've been left too long & collapsed, or 'run forward'.
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