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Not EPM but still a Waiting Game...Hip Injury?

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  • Not EPM but still a Waiting Game...Hip Injury?

    So the second vet was out today and he agrees that it is not neurological. She isn't uncoordinated and he ran a neuro field test on her. He did however find a lot of stiffness in her left hind as a whole (She severely damaged the tendon and circulation in this leg 3 yrs ago in a pasture accident somehow). He said that her old injury is actually looking very good though as the scar tissue is still going down and her pulse in her foot is good so circulation has been completely restored. However arthritis is setting in and that is causing some of the problem he believes. He also found a very very old (we're talking when she was probably still growing) hip/pelvic injury. She's always had a scar on her left hip but its been there since I met the mare some 8 - 9 yrs ago, so I never knew where it came from. Anyhow, he thinks that she may have actually fractured the area when she was young as it is deformed. Now that I know what I'm looking/feeling for the difference is actually pretty obvious. Right now its unclear as to how she might of flared up the old injury but there is a good chance that the hip problem is causing her random slips/trips and the toe drag. Whether she did pulled something during that one ride when it started up or if she did it in the pasture...who knows. She is better on bute so she is getting some rest and bute when she appears to need it. He's also having me start her on Adequan IM.

    Once she has had some rest and her first 3 shots of the Adequan he wants me to start working her lightly and let him know what I see. I also got some phone #'s for chiro and massage specialist. So I'm hoping I'm on the right track. Has anyone had any experience with hip injuries? What helps?

  • #2
    Where are you in PA?

    I'd recommend Equine Touch. There's a practitioner in MD and she drives quite a ways to work on horses - Hoppy Stearns. Let me know if you want her number.
    Laurie Higgins
    "Expectation is premeditated disappointment."


    • Original Poster

      I'm about 20 minutes from Harrisburg and Carlisle. At this point I will look into any suggestions people can offer me. Thanks!


      • #4
        My EPM recovery horse has one hip higher than the other. This must've happened when he was younger. A fall in the field? I have a chiro come out once a month to help free up the hip area. Adequan did not do any thing for him. He responds to the oral supplements and Legend better. The chiro has done more for him than a massage therapist too. You'll need to experiment and see what works the best. Good luck!


        • #5
          I also forgot to tell you that he no longer drags his toes since having the chiro work on him. I am still working on tightening up loose stifles though.


          • #6
            Was wondering what happened with P.

            I am interested to hear how it goes after a few shots of Adequan. I really didnt think it would be THAT big of a deal but geez, when I was having major issues with Layla almost 3 yrs ago now, the first thing we did was rest and Adequan loading dose and wow - just from that she felt amazing.

            I know that my leg that I broke completely in half and also cracked my own hip (rod in the femur now) will ache certain days, esp if I did jogging or a more high impact exercise. Dampness and cold also get to it. And then sometimes when it should hurt, it doesnt. And of course, I could have done nothing and it will hurt.

            Probably seeing how she reacts to the Adequan and going from there will allow you to see if this is something that needs to be managed on an as needed basis or a daily basis.

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