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My mare got her SI injected!

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  • My mare got her SI injected!

    Wow it was awesome to watch. I think its really going to help her. I am so excited. I think this has been what has really been bugging her all along. Not her hocks or stifle like we thought. I am sure they were sore due to compensation. When my vet injected her, he put lidocaine in so we could block that area out and hopefully see a difference. OMG it was a different horse. Her movement was amazing behind. The hocky, post legged, kinda stifley movement was gone. I can't wait to ride her!

    I am sure she damaged it some where along the line of her pulling back and falling down episodes on crossties. She is no longer getting crosstied. Its not worth the risk of her killing herself. She likes her tie-blocker ring just fine.

    Anyone else had experience with this? Did you see an improvement? If so, how long did it last?
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    Yes, I had my horse's SI injected, but sadly no improvement . SI lit up on bonescan, so we know it was painfull, I really hoped it was going to work, but not really. Horsey now having winter off.

    Please keep us posted how your mare goes. There are more threads about SI injections on here and there's been horses for which it worked out really well.
    When are you to start riding her again?
    So your vet managed to block out the SI region? I didn't know that was possible, need to look into that, especially since I suspect there's more than the SI-issue in my horse.
    Last edited by Lieslot; Jan. 20, 2011, 11:29 PM. Reason: grammar

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      The SI can be blocked but most vets won't do it as it can be very risky for the horse. I have had horses with SI injections and seen clients horses get them. I'm sure your vet told u that often the prognosis is pretty guarded. The biggest factor seems to b how long the horse has had si issues before it was diagnosed. Good luck!

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        Originally posted by Beethoven View Post
        Wow it was awesome to watch. I think its really going to help her. I am so excited. I think this has been what has really been bugging her all along. Not her hocks or stifle like we thought. I am sure they were sore due to compensation. When my vet injected her, he put lidocaine in so we could block that area out and hopefully see a difference. OMG it was a different horse. Her movement was amazing behind. The hocky, post legged, kinda stifley movement was gone. I can't wait to ride her!

        I am sure she damaged it some where along the line of her pulling back and falling down episodes on crossties. She is no longer getting crosstied. Its not worth the risk of her killing herself. She likes her tie-blocker ring just fine.

        Anyone else had experience with this? Did you see an improvement? If so, how long did it last?
        Beethoven, what symptoms was your mare showing? My horse has a situation going on right now (vet coming out tomorrow) that I suspect is either his hocks or stifle, maybe both, but I wonder if it could be a SI issue. I don't want to bring it up to my vet if he is not demonstrating whatever it is that horses with SI issues do. Thanks and I hope your mare continues to do well!

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          How cool - I have yet to see SI be injected! (er... not that I would like my mare to need SI injections! LOL)

          My mare just had her right hip injected - the first time I've seen that. My vet used ultrasound to help guide the needle to the joint (the 11cm needle!) - also used the ultrasound to check out the joint capsule on either side - her right side had a thickening (probably due to previous trauma). Mare wasn't unsound - just was reluctant to use her right hind (which I had shrugged off as just weakness, but finally had a full lameness work up just to rule out any other problems like arthritis). In her workup she flexed VERY well up until a hip flexion, she said "ouch!" when he pulled her right leg up and out. Vet graded her as a 1/5 to an occasional 2/5 (I think when we were doing canter-trot-canter transitions) when watching her- said he could definitely see "something" but very intermittent and subtle, and was surprised/impressed I had noticed it. When I had first talked to him about it I had "guessed" SI - I just had a feeling it was higher than hocks or stifles. He was also very impressed - said I was very close!

          I haven't seen the results yet (she just had did it Tuesday last week) and I've been sick on top of being busy at work- I went out to hand walk her (she had a week off of everything, and was supposed to get 3 days of light work before returning to full work) yesterday. Tomorrow I'll be out for a quiet hack and then Saturday or Sunday I hope to actually "ride".

          Hope your ride on your mare goes very well!

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            Originally posted by ex-racer owner View Post
            Beethoven, what symptoms was your mare showing? My horse has a situation going on right now (vet coming out tomorrow) that I suspect is either his hocks or stifle, maybe both, but I wonder if it could be a SI issue. I don't want to bring it up to my vet if he is not demonstrating whatever it is that horses with SI issues do. Thanks and I hope your mare continues to do well!
            Well she has always looked like it was her stifles and hocks and has had them injected in the past. While that helped, I could tell it wasn't everything. I really noticed when I asked her to sit and collect that she resisted doing it like she didn't feel she could tuck her butt under. She also went from super relaxed to tense for jumping and I really had the feeling it was pain.

            While I haven't ridden her yet, I am hoping the injection will help those things. She looks amazingly different on the lunge after blocking out, so I am excited!
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              I have had my gelding's SI injected twice and both times it did a load of good :-) I know that he has a chronic problem there from an old injury and what helps the most, in addition to injecting it, is lots of controlled turnout and regular chiro treatments. Also, I find that when his back is properly muscled it bothers him a lot less. But winter time is hard because icy weather means less turnout and the arthritis beast pops it's ugly head

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