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    'Stabby' hind-end - what comes to mind?

    Curious what jumps to mpst people's mind when they see a horse 'stabby' w/the hind end. Thanks!

    Depends on exactly what the horse looks like..could be suspensory or something else soft tissue related, hock...
    Originally posted by RugBug
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        What is 'stabby?"


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          I tend to think of it as not really pushing from behind, 'mincy' steps if you will...although I've seen horses 'track-up' and exhibit this (oddly enough & not the norm). Like a western pleasure jog behind...


            When you say "stabby" I think SI issues, especially if the horse stabs more at the canter.


              Has it just started happening, or has it been evolving slowly? My retired eventer started getting stabby in the hind end, and was diagnosed with fibrotic myopathy of both hamstrings. Basically, at some point he had slipped or fallen or somehow injured the hamstrings, and the forming scar tissue is so inelastic that it mechanically prohibits the hamstring from letting the leg stretch fully forward. Luckily, it's a mechanical lameness, so it doesn't cause him any pain, but it was cause for his retirement. Had he been younger, we might have done surgery to correct it.
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                a curb??


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                    Hind end lameness from ???


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                      mid back soreness


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                            Hard to say, because to me that covers a wide range of behaviors, but sore hocks and stifles would be my top guesses.


                              If horribly short strided, check the hamstrings (not an easy diagnosis by the way). Otherwise, hocks or stifles.
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                                In addition to what others have said, Stringhalt. Especially is you see the hitchiness in a rein back.
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                                  From my personal experience...
                                  Hocks, then stifles.


                                    Who knows what the OP means by "stabbiness". I had a horse with stringhalt, and I can envision the back end, he would pick it up speshully at a canter, like going through tall grass.

                                    I've seen bad conformation and bad shoeing where the horse was so short strided he only seemed to go up and down and not use his hind end well at all.

                                    Who knows what she's talking about. Could be, like others' said, some kind of back thing. Hock thing.

                                    Care to elaborate, OP?
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                                        my first thought on it

                                        Originally posted by goodmorning View Post
                                        Curious what jumps to mpst people's mind when they see a horse 'stabby' w/the hind end. Thanks!
                                        I would suspect DSLD or some other problem of hind leg ligament. Shivers might also cause it, and it is similar to stringhalt but leg is held up, does not slap back down as in stringhalt. Do you have any video to share with us? By stabby, I presumed OP meant toe first landing with short stride, but those who have asked for more details on what is meant by stabby asked excellent questions!
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