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    Amish horses get an uncommon yet lame condition called Shoulder Sweeney. This is due to the harness they use is directly over the Superior Scapular Nerve (above the spine of the scapula) and impedes the nerve and blood supply to the surrounding muscles which will atrophy over a few months.
    it is far more common as a traumatic injury in ALL horses as a an injury from hitting a starting gate,running thru a too small corral opening,hitting a solid jump,running onto a tree playing with other geldings,being chased around in too small a pasture by higher ups and so on....how did you ever get the idea it was rare ???
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    [QUOTE=Tamara in TN;3571823]

    it is far more common as a traumatic injury in ALL horses as a an injury from hitting a starting gate,running thru a too small corral opening,hitting a solid jump,running onto a tree playing with other geldings,being chased around in too small a pasture by higher ups and so on....how did you ever ge the idea it was rare ???

    Sweeney is often misused as a general term for front leg lameness even in the absense of scapular muscle atrophy. So it's the misdiagnosis that gets confusing. Severe muscle atrophy several months after the shoulder injury is the mark of a true Sweeney horse. Another reason you don't see it that often is that once the horse has a severe case of Sweeney and becomes permanently lame, it is often put down.



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    M.O. I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your blog and photos. Dan is the cutest thing. Best of luck with these two. It's a great thing you're doing. Also, Carlos Jimenez is a wonderful chiro (he is also a vet) who travels throughout the region. Complete Equine 610 466 0501.



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    [QUOTE=Cubs;3571903]
    Quote Originally Posted by Tamara in TN View Post


    Severe muscle atrophy several months after the shoulder injury is the mark of a true Sweeney horse. Another reason you don't see it that often is that once the horse has a severe case of Sweeney and becomes permanently lame, it is often put down.
    and there are more than a few of them that are not three legged lame once the muscle has atrophied....it is just not a rare thing is my point...odd looking and upsetting for the owner, but it has very little to do with how the Amish harness their horses...as they don't use some secret,sneaky horse maiming equipment that no one else uses...

    this falls more to the totally clueless who wants to play "carriage driver" and have no concept of over loading, ill-fitting, poorly made, cheap, imported,yardsale equipment...
    Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
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