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I am bringing this up here for a friend and her horse.

When she got him at age 3 he appeared to have no issues. He just turned 5 and is almost 17hh. Wonderful horse, great mind, really lovely movement till he canters. He cannot canter, he trips, counter canters in the back and literally can not bring his hind legs up under him. She said he had no issues before (I have only known them a few months). He kind of skips in back. She had the vet out, had him x-rayed and looked at at the vet believes it is his patella catching and not allowing him to fully extend. x-rays came back showing nothing. He does not act irritated by being hyper flexed. Has anyone heard of anything like this? The vet told her to exercise him more to try and build him up. But when we try to do anything more then a trot he cannot bring his leg forward to land on his heal and come right down on his toes in back and I am very concerned of REALLY hurting him. Has anyone heard of anything like this? I have told her to get a copy of the x-rays and seek out a second opinion
 

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MyBoyPuck - I would appreciate any more information you can get.

anebel - I THINK he took an x-ray from both sides and front of the patella. The horse is not valuable, he is a very nice horse with a good mind but I think she got him for about $900 from her farrier back in NC. He's a registered TB but there are allot of those running around (including mine ;) ) I think she should find him a home since she doesn't want to stick to walk trot for the next 20 years but she says she loves him to much to do that. I agree 100% and and think this is the tip of the iceberg.

He's kind of a strange horse, I have never met a horse who was so stiff and set in his frame. His body and muscles are hard, not that he has allot of muscle built up...he actually lacks muscle definition but if you feel him it's like touching a rock, he has no soft or flexible points. I know that probably makes no sense, it's just my observation and may have nothing to do with his hind end.

Welshies - I will update if there are any changes or she seeks a second opinion
 

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Ok, she told me he actually does have a diagnosis. Upward fixation of the patella. She is doing a round of injections(of what I don't know but am gonna see her in an hour and will ask) and going to get him corrective shows next month.
 
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