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Lameness gurus... help me? video...15 year old starts off NQR

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  • Lameness gurus... help me? video...15 year old starts off NQR

    Video below is second day of show. He only did two 2'6" classes and a flat, so it's certainly not from being overworked.

    He does this only at shows, not so much at home where he is out 24/7.

    He will start off this way... in the video I had just gotten on, walked a bit, and then just let him be lame for the video in a slow trot. Wanted to make a video to scrutinize and give to his vet.

    He will easily work out of it with a few walk/transitions. A short long low canter helps too. It is only to the left. He got 1 gram bute the night before, and bute does not seem to help it.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li5ne...ature=youtu.be

    Would love any thoughts. Love this horse, and he is 15. Want to give him all the maintenance care I can.
    Rest in peace Claudius, we will miss you.

  • #2
    It is subtle and the video is too short to tell much so would have to see him doing a lot more, trotted in hand on hard surface lungeing and going straight, and also trotting straight away from the camera to observe the hind end better. But to me from that little bit it appears to be the right hind.
    Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
    Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.
    www.hoofcareonline.com

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    • #3
      Looks upper limb, right hind to me.

      If he is used to 24/7 turnout, and this only happens at shows, then I would guess that your guy needs some additional time to stretch and warm up when he spends the night away in a stall.

      Our horses are on 24/7 tunrout. Going from that to a show situation (regardless of how much or how little they are ridden) is tough on their bodies. They all walk out in the morning a little stiffer than usual.

      Bute isn't necessarilly going to help with that situation.

      We have a 13 year old that looks fantastic if he is ridden every day. If he has a day off or spends a night in the stall he is a tight, sore, gimpy mess until he gets to stretch and move around. It is the product of moderately arthritic hocks.

      When he goes to a show we make sure he is hand walked in the evening before he goes to bed and for quite some time in the morning before he goes to work.

      Good luck with your boy!

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        #4
        THANKS both of you! High up in the right hind is what we think too. He has vet appointment, and I will report.
        Last edited by ToTheNines; Aug. 20, 2012, 11:00 AM.
        Rest in peace Claudius, we will miss you.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ToTheNines View Post
          Video below is second day of show. He only did two 2'6" classes and a flat, so it's certainly not from being overworked.

          He does this only at shows, not so much at home where he is out 24/7.

          He will start off this way... in the video I had just gotten on, walked a bit, and then just let him be lame for the video in a slow trot. Wanted to make a video to scrutinize and give to his vet.

          He will easily work out of it with a few walk/transitions. A short long low canter helps too. It is only to the left. He got 1 gram bute the night before, and bute does not seem to help it.


          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li5ne...ature=youtu.be

          Would love any thoughts. Love this horse, and he is 15. Want to give him all the maintenance care I can.

          My horse does this at his 3 day shows. Hes out 24/7 and staying in the stall really gets him stiff. My boy has suffered at one point in his life from a severe SI issue and this is where his comes from. The first time away we had to have the Chrio out and give him some time off. The second time I was more proactive about getting him out of the stall every chance I got and he never had an issue. I constantly used Sore-no-more after I lunged him and let him walk around. Definitely reduced the amount of times he came out stiff. The last show a friend had a back on track blanket, we tried it, never came out stiff and had a fantastic show! I ended up buying our own blanket and the last two shows this year I have never had a problem.

          Good luck with your guy!
          Calm & Collected, 13, OTTB
          Forrest Gump (Catasauqua) , 17, OTTB
          Little Bit Indian, 29, TB
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          • #6
            Agree with the above. High right hind. Also agree with the being stalled if not used to it. I do a lot of volunteering at the dressage shows (along with some showing) and by day 2 many of the horses are stiffer when first warming up. Smaller stalls, harder ground, stress of showing all takes a toll. Glad you are pursuing. I agree with stretching, hand walking, and linimenting. We do this too.
            Susan B.
            http://canterberrymeadows.com/

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            • #7
              My horse does this but it's his left hind. He had an injury many years ago that caused this (dropped hip... you can see that the left hip bone is a bit lower than the right hip bone when you stand directly behind him). So he always has to compensate since the left leg is "technically" longer than the other.

              He does this all the time. When we first start out, he does the up-hitch thing too. But once I canter him a bit (usually long and low) and let him loosen up, he levels back out. He's not in any pain, it's just his conformation and the muscles needing to really warm up to help hold that hip up. But he does resist going forward until it truly is warmed up. Keeping him in at least light works helps and when he's really fit, he's sound as a dollar. Unfortunately, I've had some medical things going on so I haven't been able to ride him as much as I'd like. And the hitch is becoming more prominent. He is turned out about 14+ hours a day in a nice rolling hills field w/ only one other horse.

              Wonder if your horse has a hip injury also? Just a thought.

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              • #8
                I was thinking right hind, too. He may just be tight/sore and need to slowly work it out like others have mentioned. I have a 14 year old that sometimes has similar movement - frequent massage and chiro help lessen the warm-up gimpy-ness.

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                • #9
                  My guess is hocks. Has the horse been flexed by a vet? Ever had hock injections?

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