A Diagnosis of Lameness
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is a standard bread 12 years old I have had 2 vets look at him a physio and farrier.
My horse seems fine then all of a sudden will start
walking backwards ,look unwell and stumbles on his own feet this has happened
3 times in the 7 weeks I have own him. He was miss treated but is so gentle and
well behaved I have started slow with him with gentle work only ridden him at
a walk for 10 -15 min he seems fine full of life . Then just goes into this back
step stumble and looks in pain .
The first vet said
he had a pulled muscle in the chest which was treated with anti inflammatory he
seemed better but kept throwing his front right foot and seems uncoordinated so
I called the farrier he said laminitis so I got vitamins etc and advise from vet
. Then 2 weeks later he was grate I moved him to better stables agistment he was
happy as a new colt then the next day he was walk back wards again and stabling
but I walked around with him and he seemed to improve the proberty owner said
to get a mussel men so I found a good one for him he has come out to day worked
on my horse and said he was a bit stiff but nothing to indicate a problem this
afternoon my horse has had a bad attack and nearly went down he was the worse
yet so a new horse vet came out and said it is colic she thinks .
am at a loss every one is saying its different things and each time Jack is treated
he improves straight away but I am on edge waiting for him to space out again
I just don't no what to do ? Me and (Jake my horse) would be grateful for any
Yours truly Heather
I am so sorry to hear of yours and Jakes troubles. I commend
you in having two veterinarians plus a physiotherapist and a farrier look at your
horse. Really, the only way you will get to the bottom of what is causing your
horse pain will be through a veterinarian, and if necessary, working with your
farrier. A veterinarian will rule out things like a parasite problem that could
cause colic, laminitis by taking x-rays, and nerve problems that could be causing
his uncoordinated movement.
It would be impossible for me to tell you
what is wrong with your horse but when a horse rocks his weight to his hindquarters
or walks backward it often indicates that he is not comfortable either on his
front feet or his back. So, that could indicate laminitis of the front feet or
a sore back or a pinched nerve somewhere. You say the physiotherapist (muscle
man) didn't find a significant problem, but it still would be a good idea to ask
your veterinarian to examine the horse's spine, croup and hindquarters for nerve
If it is possible, choose one veterinarian to help you so that
he or she knows what has been done and can continue with the diagnosis and treatment.
Also, that way, you won't be going back and forth between what different people
tell you trying to make sense out of it all.
Best of luck and please let
us know what you find out.