Something is weird in the jog/trot idk what. Usually I'm pretty good at finding it. I'm thinking maybe right front but he seems really funky IMO at the trot. Something is off, wish I coulD be more help sorry
Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole
Yeah no one seems to be able to put a finger on it. But everyone agrees something is off.
The vets all checked his stifles and found nothing. We checked all joints (flexion texts and X-ray). Nothing so far. One vet suggested I try to sell him as a flashy gaited trail horse. Awful huh? No joint clicking that I've ever heard. Right front and left hind seem kinda short strided to me but its hard to tell.
Ulcers? Never thought of that. Would such a young horse have ulcers? They make them move funny? I thought about taking him for a thermal scan--is that what you're talking about? After the heavy bute didn't change anything, vet said it wasn't likely pain related. I just don't know
Well my horse was having issues trotting for a while. He was not as bad as you described your horse, but he'd always want to canter and not trot. Under saddle he flat out refused. Something seemed strange with his right hind though but hard to see.
Got the vet out and we detected something in the RH via the computer. Xrays clean. Rested for 30 plus days and *I* decided to treat for ulcers. Two weeks now back under saddle and no issues trotting.
This horse lives a very stress free life at home, but is a worrier. I would not have guessed ulcers (although he had them when I got him) given his lifestyle and turnout 24/7. I also put him on a hind gut digestion supplement in addition to the pop rocks. I read sometimes there can be hind end lameness with hind gut ulcers.
Might seems strange, but I'm not entirely sure my horses slight lameness was due to something in his legs and more something in his stomach/hind gut causing the issue.
He looks lame to me too in left hind. Could be more than that though because he looks overall stiff and uncomfortable behind. Also, he looks lame at trot and canter to me. A sweetie though who looks like he's trying for you.
I've heard that halter horses are often overfed at a young age so that they grow fast and develop the halter look early. It can have a bad effect on their structural development. I've never owned a halter-bred horse so haven't looked into this, but, in your shoes, I'd probably do some research on the (alleged) problem.
Be sure to look carefully and critically at his feet. Lots of weird problems can be traced, at least in part, to incorrect trim/shoeing.
What is SI? I really am so frustrated and also really can't afford much more at this point. I've had 3 vets and 3 farriers look at him. Plus a trainer. I've spent half of what I paid for him. I'm just really sad and disappointed. Maybe time off will help but I'm skeptical at this point.
Were they good nerve blocks or was he anxious and uncooperative? If the vet couldn't get the local anesthetic in, it wouldn't show effectiveness.
I would give yourself and your finances a bit of a rest, then head for the nearest vet school for a lameness evaluation. I think he is quite lame. The problem is figuring out where and why. So many things are easily treatable, once you figure out what is wrong.
My thought is that he is young. So maybe just give him some more time to grow up. Maybe just turn him out until he is 4 and then try again. Then down the road if he is still not seeming right go to a big vet school that has all the diagnostics.
Last edited by Fharoah; Dec. 14, 2012 at 01:57 AM.
Did you check the right front shoulder? Bone skeletal and muscular? Appears that he is reluctant to move out his right front from the shoulder, his left front is a touch more free moving. He is funky behind but that could be from trying to take weight off the front. Definitely a wonky jogger - something is definitely wrong and I think it is much more than just being young - millions of young, gangly horses trot just fine at all ages. This is more than that.
The vet checked his right shoulder through x-ray and flexion. Found nothing. He agreed that he tends not to advance the right front as much as the left. Here are some more videos--a couple from the trainer when he wasn't trotting at all. He definitely prefers to be on his left lead at a lope opposed to his right, but he will pick it up.
Might want to get your vet to do PDN (posterior digital nerve) blocks on both fronts again. IME it is very common for a vet to miss the nerve and assume the foot is blocked when it isn't. Especially with vets that do not do a lot of lameness diagnostic work in their daily practice. With a successful PDN block, the horse will not feel a ball point pen poking into its heel bulbs. If it does, then the nerve is not blocked.
Looks bilaterally heel sore on both fronts, worse on RF.