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ok so heres my stuff. ;) My boy is a short very stocky QH 13years old. Been fighting this for 2 years now. It all started as a very slight lamenss of the right front. Took him in to the vet. She diagnosed a pulled muscle in his shoulder. So we buted for a few days, and rested him for 3 mo. with no change... then started light riding, with no change... this went on for a year, rest and riding either way didnt seem to affect him. Then we relocated to a new state. His new place is a 15 acre pasture with 5 other geldings. Shortly after moving I took him in to a vet here... Supposed to be one of the top of the line clinics... but $700 later without even looking at his shoulder... I have xrays and a diagnosis of navicular. So we did the treatment route of shoes and pads, etc... nothing has helped.... and he has gotten worse.... way worse... even with shoes and pads on. I still see it in his shoulder... some may be residual due to his feet, I get that. But to the extent that he is severly lame and very heavy footed in his right front... I still feel that its the shoulder. I am assuming a pulled, torn muscle, right where his neck meets the shoulder, it tends to be a bit swollen and tender. I cannot afford another huge vet bill to no avail. Not sure where what to do from here. He has been on rest in the pasture with light occasional lunging, cold hosing, linaments, etc... Any suggestions????? Help! Please!
 

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Try barefoot, chiropractor, carrot stretches and lateral work on the ground.

As it's now a chronic problem the stretching might help with stiffness/flexibility issues and get him 'using' himself correctly

One of my horses pulled a shoulder and carried it for months out of habbit. The lateral stuff has totally sorted it out, however I wasn't battling hoof issues at the same time so take it very slow
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Did your vet(s) block out your horse's shoulder? Was there a foot imbalance as well? Were there any blocks done on the foot or higher? Xrays? I am curious.
 

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There is a cool Youtube video by Dr. Ridgeway about equine shoulder pain. Unfortunately, my computer is being a jerk about linking, but it is on Youtube and called:

Dr. Ridgway: Acupressure point for alleviating ulcer and shoulder pain

You may want to find an equine acupressure specialist or possibly acupuncture. There are several books about equine acupressure if you cannot fork out the extra $ at this point. The one I think is best is:

Beyond Horse Massage: A Breakthrough Interactive Method for Alleviating Soreness, Strain, and Tension by Masterson and Reinhold.

You can get it on Amazon.
 
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