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    Default Mystery Lameness- Ideas?

    I have an 18 yr old Selle Francais gelding who has been slightly off in his right front since late October-ish. He's not *lame*, just NQR. When it first happened I had the local vet out who said it was probably just a strain and not to be overly concerned. Had him on a regimen of bute and limited turnout. Unfortunately the limited turnout didn't seem to help the lameness and aggravated his arthritis so I turned him out 24/7 in a 7 acre pasture with another quiet gelding. He's been out there since and the lameness is *slowly* improving.

    I have a lameness specialist in my area but if I go to him, it usually costs upwards of $500 per visit, plus an hour trailer ride each way. Unfortunately I cannot swing that financially right now, especially since he doesn't seem to be in a lot of pain. He's perfectly happy and (as much as I hate it) runs around perfectly sound in the pasture.

    Any ideas?
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    Where was the strain located? At eighteen I would wonder about ring bone. Does he has any thickening in the pastern or above the coronary band? If you can't afford a specialist have your regular vet block from bottom up. Start with the low heal block, then the base sesmoid block (pastern foot region), then the fetlock. When horse comes sound radiograph that area. If that doesn't show anything then ultrasound would be your next step.



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    If he's pasture sound and you have no need for him to be anything else, then I'd let him be. But if you need him to be able to work, then he needs more evaluation and treatment.



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    Vet and I agree that the issue seems to be in the fetlock area. He probably needs it injected but local vet doesn't have portable, digital x-ray. He refers people to the specialist for that.

    I have not tried the blocks but there is no thickening around his pastern. The problem definitely seems higher up than that. The only other idea I had was possibly a bone chip? He had a trailering accident last year that involved that fetlock, but after the accident his x-rays were clean. Could it pop up a year later??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddys Mom View Post
    If he's pasture sound and you have no need for him to be anything else, then I'd let him be. But if you need him to be able to work, then he needs more evaluation and treatment.
    Up until his mystery lameness, he was showing in the 3'-3'6 stuff with one of my students in addition to packing around some beginners. While I don't NEED him to do anything, he is a wonderful addition to my program. However, if it's time for him to retire, I have no problems with that. He has most definitely earned it.
    **Friend of bar.ka**

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    Regular radiographs are not that great but they will give you a basic idea and a chip will most likely show up on regular xrays.



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