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Re: RC: Michigan-don't knock it til ya try it
In a message dated 2/17/00 5:57:32 PM Pacific Standard Time, Eenergonzillen
<< My response to your "test" is that the horse may have gotten a muscle
cramp. Or maybe he tripped and twisted something and had to "walk it off".
You said that the head went down when the left fore impacted. This leads me
to believe that the lameness was in the right fore leg.
well, I hope that answers your question. If I didn't answer it correctly,
please inform me....I'd like to hear what was wrong with this horse. >>
Part right. The left fore is the sound leg. There were other hints you
missed, though. The fit horse being tapered back to very light work is the
perfect invitation to the tying up syndrome, which often begins with a
shoulder episode. On those occasions, people often think that the horse must
have stepped on something, or had a temporary mishap--perhaps even involving
a floating chip. But the evidence becomes conclusive the next day, or the
next, because then the hind end ties up and you have entered the full-blown
syndrome and have a very difficult situation on your hands.
The horse? A 5yo bay gelding named Hypothetical. At one time or another, he's
had every problem in the book. At one time, after some fast work on hard
ground, he came up slightly lame on the left fore. I had just raised the
angles of his front feet. My infrared thermography machine spotted a little
heat about 3 inches below the knee, but behind the cannon bone--kind of
between the cannon bone and the tendons. What do you think that turned out to
be? And why?
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