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The new TB has a hitch in his giddy-up this week. Definatly lame in his rear left!! Grrr. I only notice it at the trot on the lunge and it goes away after he is warmed up. Not present when moving in straight line. So I am thinking arthritis, but the v-e-t is coming out on Monday to check.

Hoping its not the "n" word..you know, starts with "n" and rhymes with "avicular." Scary. :-(
 

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It might be something more in the stifle or hock...depending on how he moves. But if it is navicular it's not the end of the world...just don't put shoes on him if it is. If the vet says it's navicular please feel free to PM me. You will be surprised how easy it is to fix! Speaking from experience btw.
 

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Thanks! I will let you know what happens...He is not shod right now, I am trying to move him towards being barefoot. He came to me with pretty bad feet, lots of cracks from being shod poorly IMP. I thought at first it was from tender feet, but his soles are nice and hard now. When I got him, I could make an impression of my thumb in his feet ouch!

Good idea about the chiro, I will have to look up one in the area just in case. I havent had to use a chiro before.

Thanks Zany, I will let you know for sure! :)
 

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So the vet came out today and looked at my TB. We have narrowed it down to his lower back, above his tail between his hip bones. After the flexion test, it looks like since its his pelvis/back, it is making him favor both hind legs. He also has some abnormal shape to his hip bones that you can see when you flex them, they are bumpy and you can feel some calcification. We are thinking he took a fall at some point, and it knocked his pelvis out of alignment....So we are starting with a bute treatment and having a chiropractor come out. Has anyone used a chiropractor before?
 

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You never had a Vet Check before purchase?

I have used a Chiro before and they do wonders.

There is whole lot to the picture of why a horse goes lame. Ranging from incorrect hoof angles, to spine to hips to everything else you can think of.

My TB was showing signs of arthritus in his hocks - so we were going to do hock injections...when it turned out to be incorrect hoof angles.

He is now going through corrective shoeing to fix the issues.

Best of luck, hope all turns out well.
 

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We did have a vet check done (no xrays though), but I didnt purchase him..he was a friend's horse who couldn't/wouldn't take care of him anymore. She didnt exercise him at all, he had a box stall that opened to a small turnout. The vet thinks that now that I am working him, it is showing up.
 

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Awww geese - poor guy. He is lucky to have you :)

I hope he comes through this and you will beable to pin point the issue. Poor guy........what a shame.
 

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I talked to the chiro today and she think all his symptoms are due to his hips being misaligned, like we thought, and thinks she can get him back to normal quickly :) yay! :)

I know, his previous owner was a friend, but its hard to stay that way when they neglect such a great guy. He is so sweet and smart right off the track, definatly deserves a great life :)
 

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It may be something as simple as an abscess. All that needs to be done with that is it needs to be popped and drained and wrapped for a few days. Abscesses put pressure on the hoof in certain places, and that is why he may not limp all the time. Good luck!
 

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Bilyeuamber -- please read the posts above -- it's been diagnosed.

Rosie9r -- good luck. I'd love to hear how it goes with the Chiro too. I may need one for my horse too, but its very expensive in my area, so I'm trying massage first.
 

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Chiropractors are amazing!! I don't know what we would do without them. So many horses are mis-aligned and people don't even know. I always start with the feet, then chiropractor, then vet, personally.
 

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Thanks northernmama, the one who my vet recommended charges $50 a visit plus I have horse insurance that will reinburse me for it so thats nice. I havent tried the horse massage, other than what I do myself...I would be interested to hear how that goes. :)
 

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Update :)

SO the chiropractor came out on Friday. She gave him a once over, and had some surprises for me. She noticed his sternum was out of place and he had a crapload of scar tissue on both sides of his neck. She did a full adjustment, both sides from neck back to tail.

She thinks he was "retired" from the track due to a really bad fall, not the "he was too slow" excuse I was given. She says his breastbone area almost feels like he had been impaled by something. Wow.

So now that everything is back in its right place, I can press on where he was sore before and no flinching :) The lameness in his left rear is gone and there is only a little left on the right rear. She says he wont be able to do upper level dressage due to the scar tissue in his neck (cant collect) but should otherwise be fine! YAY!!!
 

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Wow, so just ONE visit? Is she coming out again? I can't believe what your horse went through in his previous life. Poor, poor guy. Some horses are so stoic. He will be a real cuddly sweetheart for you now, just watch!


I really can't afford to have a chiro come out to my place umpteen times for my girl, but if it's only a once or twice thing, I could probably do that. I hear that in my area it's about $80 - 100 minimum charge :( per trip.

I haven't done much with the massage yet. Still trying to get the lady to come out. In the meantime, I have been doing a bit of my own thing and my horse does seem a bit more comfortable. I'm going to try again next week to get the massage lady out. Living in the boonies is nice, but does have some disadvantages.
 

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She is going to come out again in 6 weeks then we will probably taper it off from there if he is improving.

I wish I lived in the boonies!!! I dont want to be able to see my neighbors and only come into town once a month for supplies hehe :)
 

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Glad to hear the TB is already better with just one chiro visit! :D
 
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