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  1. #1
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    Default Unlevel...pulled muscle?

    My gelding came in from the field last Thursday a bit unlevel. It is not consistent and I wouldn't even consider him lame, however I'm not sure what I am dealing with. Lesson 10 days ago and then a few days off because of nasty weather. I rode him Thursday and only weird in the walk, but not every stride...level in the trot. He was good on Saturday and Sunday and fairly good yesterday but heavier in my hands. He came in from turnout last night unlevel again like he was last week. I'm thinking it may be a back or hind end muscle issue. Has anyone ever dealt with a pulled/strained muscle? Can't figure out what he's done, so just waiting it out right now. In a bit of a panic as I've entered shows already for the beginning of May. Wondering if I just give him time off and let this heal itself? I can always scratch the show...it's early in the season.
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    Bumping up with an update...unlevel for about a week, then perfectly sound for the last 2 weeks and in relatively normal work...came out of his stall today worse than he was 3 weeks ago. I am now thinking about Lyme. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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    Thoughts? Yes - call your vet.

    It's (past) time for a good lameness evaluation. Pulled suspensory issues can present like you're describing.
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    What does "unlevel" mean? That he has a head bob?



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    Your best bet is to make an appt with your vet for a lameness eval and since you are in a Lyme endemic area then sure, test for Lyme as well. My gelding was on and off lame for a few weeks before being diagnosed with avulsion fractures of both front navicular bones. He was also on and off lame 4 years ago when he tore his suspensory. Could be anything from navicular to Lyme to a suspensory injury to a million other things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren12 View Post
    What does "unlevel" mean? That he has a head bob?
    I'm assuming it means "lame", but no indication whether it's a head or hip bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    I'm assuming it means "lame", but no indication whether it's a head or hip bob
    Or one leg shorter than the other, lol!!



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    Default Diagnosis-update

    Lyme titer high, so treating with doxycycline for 30 days. Horse fabulous after 4 days of treatment! I haven't dealt with Lyme in over 20 years, so the signs weren't so black and white, that's why I thought he may have injured himself.
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    Interesting!! So this was a fairly overnight thing and it turns out to likely be all for Lyme?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren12 View Post
    What does "unlevel" mean? That he has a head bob?
    Perhaps they meant uneven?!?



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