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Re: [RC] horse lameness question - Beth Walker

I can relate to this. My old fellow pulled both front suspensories, so essentially, he was equally sore in both front legs. The result was that he trotted out sound on pavement, etc. Every once in a while, you would get a 'bobble', but nothing consistent. He was fine on the level, and going uphill. Downhill, he would be a little bit off. (This was at an LD ride. I think he pulled them on a training ride a few weeks earlier). One vet at the ride could find nothing. Another found exactly the spot to squeeze, and he went straight up in the air! However, that vet diagnosed a splint. Back at home, my vet diagnosed a middle / high suspensory, which was confirmed on ultrasound. As I said - both front legs.

On Nov 29, 2007, at 7:17 AM, k s swigart wrote:

Lameness going downhill can also be an indication of a suspensory injury.

High suspensory injuries can be hard to diagnose. I would look for heat
and/or swelling in that area, and I would probably spring for the

However, you may also want to do the "check to see if it is being caused
by pain" test. Which is to, in essence, dope her up on heavy duty pain
killers (drugs) work her and see if it helps. If pain killers don't
make it go away, then the gait irregularity probably isn't being caused
by pain (non response to nerve blocks also suggests that this might be
the case), but rather by some mechanical inability of the leg to move in
its regular way.

There is also the "full body scan" option, but this is an expensive one.

Orange County, Calif.


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[RC] horse lameness question, k s swigart