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Mr. Leo's lameness question

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  • Mr. Leo's lameness question

    My new gelding has some sort of back problem. The previous owner spent umpteen thousand$ trying to figure it out. He is sound to hold the pasture down and charge like mad around the pasture, just can't be ridden.

    I've noticed when a cold snap happens, he is really touchy in the back, both sides of the spine. Even brushing makes him 'hurt'. When it's warm, I don't see it or notice it. I can pick up all four hoofies but his back have to be put down pretty quickly, he can't hold them long. The shoer I use knows him and gives lots of breaks.

    The previous owner used a regular vet, a massage person, accupuncture and I don't know what else. She didn't try any supps, like MSM or glucosomine. I thought I'd give them a try.

    So, does anyone have any idea what else could be wrong with his back?? At first I thought a mild wobbles but the way he zips around, I don't think so. I also thought maybe he was stifled as sometimes his near hind seems a little 'locking'.

    He has a good sand ring (he looks like Pigpen from the Peanut cartoon strip) to roll and get everything all out.

    Any ideas his previous owner and I haven't thought of??
    GR24's Musing #19 - Save the tatas!!

  • #2
    Have you spoken to the previous owner's vet? did they ever do radiographs to rule ourt 'kissing spine' or other backbone problems?
    Also magnesium can not hurt and may help reduce muscle soasms.
    Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
    Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.


    • Original Poster

      No, I haven't spoken to the vet but could with prev owners permission. I don't know about radiographs but she said she tried everything possible, everything anyone could think of. I'll ask prev owner if she knows of kissing spine. Can try magnesium, too. Thank you.
      GR24's Musing #19 - Save the tatas!!


      • #4
        Test for selenium and Vit E deficiency. If it was done once and neg, test again. I had a horse tested at OSU. Whatever lab they used, it came back normal. Re-tested with my vet, about a month later and it came back positive for deficiency. Horse was treated and went back to normal.


        • Original Poster

          Thank you Dutch. I'll see if that was done and if not, I'll have it done. Our ground around here is selenium deficient. His breeder is one of the 'rough start breeders'. The foals and mares are lucky to get decent feed in the first place. People have to supplement the broodies otherwise the foals are born with crooked legs. Some breeders give a big shot right after the foal hits the ground and the legs straighten out. I don't know how, just was told this, I've never had this problem, it's easier to feed well during pregnancy seems to me...

          Anywho, last night I talked at length with the previous owner and we went over every last thing she tried with him. Kissing spine was ruled out but she thinks there is some of it in there, if that's the term.

          I feed him SafeChoice and grass hay plus he has free choice pasture. Matter of fact, may have to limit the pasture, he might get a bit too tubby.
          GR24's Musing #19 - Save the tatas!!