ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: [endurance] Stifle Problems

Re: [endurance] Stifle Problems

C.M.Newell (reshan@ultranet.com)
Mon, 15 Jan 1996 17:06:22 -0500 (EST)

>You have actually two problems which must be addressed. First, did your
>horse really have Lymes disease?

This is a good point. The most common test merely reflects whether or not a
horse has been exposed, not whether it is currently affected. (A study by a
Tufts researcher found that something like 90% of the horses on Nantucket
tested positive.)

>We have a TB, age 20+, at the barn with stringhalt (stifle problem). The
>vet has recommended the medial patellar procedure, but this involves
>taking the old boy to a clinic since this must be done under general

Tell the owner to check around. A lot of DVMs will do this surgery with
sedation and a local block. It's pretty straightforward stuff.

--CMNewell, DVM
"The expression in a horse's eye is like a blessing on a good man's house."
--Sayied iben-el Rabil, quoting the Prophet