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  • What does this sound like (injury)?- Video added post 3

    Video in post three if you don't feel like reading all of this.

    Ok, to start off vet will be called Monday.

    About a month ago, Chey presented front left slight lameness, had a touch of swelling, everything went away with a couple days off and a little bute. No idea if this is related, but figured I would mention it.

    Sunday I was riding, in our jumping arena (has a slight slope to it) went great got the best lead changes ever from Chey (a weak point in our training for years) and got them both ways. Went to a little jump, 2'3. She stopped which is weird for her, but went over it fine next time, so I thought maybe I just surprised her. Went over it again no issues and we stopped for the day.

    Monday, jumping arena again, I get on and things just don't feel quite right. I can't put my finger on anything specific on it. Friend who was watching couldn't see anything. She picked up the wrong lead when I asked for the left lead which is *very* odd for her. Went to an 18" gate and she stopped the first time, but went over it and a couple other jumps just fine after. After the ride I remember she has been out of joint supplement for about a week due to them being backordered, so I thought maybe she was a little stiff. Supplements came and she was started back with Tuesday's meal.

    Tuesday she had off and Wednesday we did light flat work (in the big, flat arena), no issues.

    Thursday I rode in the jumping arena right after a storm passed and she was energetic and a touch spooky, felt fine, short flat work ride, went over a couple poles at the canter.

    Friday (yesterday), I was in the jumping arena again. She didn't feel quite right on the flat again, nothing specific. Two friends were with me and neither saw anything. Did a couple little jumps, 2ft and under, with no stopping, but when we turned towards one, so a tighter turn, she dropped out of the canter behind, then in front. I circled and regrouped and came back and she switched her lead behind. This only happened on the left lead. We tried once more with the same result before stopping for the day. Friends both thought I was paranoid, so I decided it could just be a odd day.

    Today we rode in the indoor, which is much narrower. She could not hold the left lead behind through the corners. She would break behind, then a stride later break in front or just swap her lead behind and cross fire. Now I am completely convinced this is pain somewhere, friend still saw nothing, and I saw nothing in the mirrors, but definately pain somewhere.

    I will call the vet Monday when the office is open, but I was just wondering if anyone here had an idea of what to expect? She still canters and plays on her own, although I did catch her crossfiring once then too, I also saw her maintain the left lead, but there were no tight turns. Sorry for the length, just figured I would put all the information I had out there and thanks for any ideas.
    Last edited by Defying Logic; Apr. 5, 2010, 02:00 PM.
    The Procrastinators Anonymous meeting has been postponed again.

  • #2
    I don't know what it is but I'd start by giving her a week off and see if a rest improves the situation.

    Assess her movement by such as lunging or trotting her up before you ride her again.


    • Original Poster

      Thanks for the advice I stuck her in the round pen today and she is quite obviously lame. I think she looked better under saddle since she didn't feel this bad, but I got videos and would like opinions:

      Trotting left

      Trotting right

      Canter both ways and more trot

      Will call the vet tomorrow and have them out to see.
      The Procrastinators Anonymous meeting has been postponed again.


      • #4

        I would look carefully at the hocks....imho.


        • Original Poster

          I will look at hocks, it was my first thought when riding, but in the video I was really seeing left front, along with over all soreness and some left hind. I am going to wait to call the vet until after I go to the barn today, so I can see if not really working yesterday changed anything, but would love more opinions in the mean time!
          The Procrastinators Anonymous meeting has been postponed again.


          • #6
            I'm going to guess front end issues and bilateral as in either over zealous farrier or heel pain from whatever.

            Sore front feet for whatever reason.


            • #7
              I would say sore front end either lower limb soft tissue? Or heal sore is possible.

              Is she worse on hard ground or soft ground?

              I would be careful when my horse injured his collateral ligament he was only mildly intermittently off and would improve with rest.

              Best Wishes!


              • Original Poster

                Today I actually got videos on grass in the pasture where it is softer after she felt good enough to take of while grazing and cavort about.


                I did not call vet yet since now I am thinking it maybe feet and it might be better to get farrier out? She is barefoot and has been for a couple years, but maybe she needs shoes again?
                The Procrastinators Anonymous meeting has been postponed again.


                • #9
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                  • #10
                    I'd be looking carefully at her front feet.
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                    • #11
                      I would have your vet take a look before your farrier.