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  1. #1
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    Default Need recommendation for good vet for lameness in Central FL

    So yeah- Exactly what the post says. My horse has been lame on and off for six weeks now and the vet is stumped. I think my vet is fantastic but I think it's time for a second set of eyes.

    Horse is a 5 year old TB/WBx in full time eventing training, competing at novice/training

    Here's what we've got so far:

    LF lameness, worse on turns, and gets progressively worse with more work. She looks sound trotting around in the field, and even looks sound on the lunge, but put a rider on her back, and she goes from a 1 or 2 to an 8 or 9!

    We have it localized to the coffin joint. It blocks beautifully. X-rays are clean, clean, clean. Lots of films, lots of views - nothing remotely suspicious.

    Bute doesn't seem to help at all, but time off improves it. Last week the vet looked at her, said she looked good, and we put her back into light work. For the first two days, she was great, third day lame again....

    That's where we are now. The vet it is scratching his head. I guess for lack of a better idea we're going to load up and go to Gainesville for an MRI - My hesitation with that is 1)I hate to put her under anesthesia if it can be avoided and 2) thanks to a colic that was resolved medically (not surgically) but still required a hospital stay, we've got a colic exclusion on our insurance now. I don't want to lose a leg too!!!!

    So - who would you go to as a lameness guru? I'll trailer a few hours. I'm an hour east of Ocala.
    The rebel in the grey shirt



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    Dr. Scott Langton. PM me if you want his number.
    I love cats, I love every single cat....
    So anyway I am a cat lover
    And I love to run.



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    Default Craig T Roberts

    I had very good results.

    check out his website



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    Don't you love feet?

    Have you injected the coffin bone?



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    Second vote for Craig T. Roberts, will only use him for lameness problems.



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    Yes, coffin joint was injected day before Thanksgiving. Vet said fluid was "thin."
    The rebel in the grey shirt



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    another vote for Dr. Roberts!
    "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
    carolprudm



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    Quote Originally Posted by CAH View Post
    Don't you love feet?

    Have you injected the coffin bone?
    Pet peeve of mine...you cannot inject the coffin bone, the coffin joint, yes...
    sorry grumpy from body clipping yesterday...lol
    "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
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    I've used Craig before.

    I prefer EMCO and use Dr Aric Adams. Was a farrier before vet school and specializes in podiatry as well as lameness.
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    Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!



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    I use Craig too. www.ctrdvm.com He also has opened a podiatry clinc at his clinic. Northside of Gainesville.



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    Sorry grumpy mroades

    I take it no improvement from the injection....or was there improvement just short lived?



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    Quote Originally Posted by mroades View Post
    Pet peeve of mine...you cannot inject the coffin bone, the coffin joint, yes...
    sorry grumpy from body clipping yesterday...lol
    This drives me nuts too!
    Back to the topic at hand-- I've used Dr. Robert Barber and really like him--he's based out of Ocala but travels a lot during the year. I'm thinking he should be there now and will for sure be in Ocala for all of HITS.



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    julie, sounds like maybe it needs to be ultrasounded where the ddft ties into the coffin joint. you would not see this on xrays. the clinic i work at has a wonderful lady that does only lameness and u/s. the vet i work for is excellent as well. bring her on up. i can get you in asap if you want. ocala equine hospital.
    www.camaloufarms.com

    ride it like you stole it! "ralph hill"



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    Would love to know if anything was visible on ultrasound... Had some questions about whether the area could even be ultrasounded. I may need to load the girl up for a trip to Ocala next week.
    The rebel in the grey shirt



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    you might consider Michael Porter; he has a mobile practice http://phdveterinaryservices.com and can come to you. I had him do a bunch of stuff on my old horse, and found him knowledgeable, thorough and reasonably priced. He's based somewhere north of Ocala, and has an area he will cover.



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    Peterson and Smith in Ocala.



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    I use Dr. Pultz in Oviedo. He is an old track vet, from the "old" school. He has diagnosed issues before confirming with xrays, etc.
    If he were to not be available, I would haul to Ocala. I am not impressed with any other vets in the Orlando area...they are more concerned with being able to afford the latest "gadgets", drive expensive trucks (and fly helicoptors to their clients) and party, which translates to ridiculous expensive bills.



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    Dr. Aric Adams at EMCO. Kind, competent, and realistic for those of us with budgets.



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