Ava’s Lameness

I’m still having lameness issues with Ava. She cut her right hock July 31st. It appeared to be healing fine.

Now it’s been several weeks. The cut still looks like it’s healing well.  The right hind appears to be moving well and she’s capable of carrying full weight on it. But she’s favoring her left hind. I assumed at first that the slightly shorter stride of the left was due to a compensation for the right hind. However, the issue grew more noticeable when I attempted to put her back into regular work.

Ava appears to be sound when lunged. When riding, the second I ask for more engagement or collection you can see a noticeable difference in stride length between left and right hind. The left hind will only step about half the distance forward as the right hind when she’s asked to collect. I can’t see any lameness in the right leg. In addition, she’s very crooked and she seems to be having a very difficult time bending right (which I read is a sign of the diagonal hind being weaker).

I have the vet coming out Wednesday this week. That was the earliest I could get him out.

I’m worried.

Bleck. I hate waiting… And this is going to be expensive. I’m not sure how we’re going to afford this. I’m hoping the vet takes credit cards. And I’m hoping we have enough credit.

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6 thoughts on “Ava’s Lameness

  1. Do you have a good equine chiropractor in your area who can work with your vet? My horse had a similar problem, and in light of his background as a roping horse his lameness was most likely caused by a number of injuries. His sacroiliac, right and left, was out of alignment, causing shortness of stride especially on right. After the first adjustment a year ago we could see a huge improvement. Just a thought.

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    • Thanks Amy! I think having a chiropractor work on her would be a good idea. I’ve been trying to get a few of the boarders to go in on having one out, but so far no takers. I think I’ll just have to bite the bullet and do it on my own.

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  2. How horrible! Maybe she pulled/sprained something during the time she was healing? (over compensating with he left hind while her right hind was healing) How stressful for you! Please keep us posted!

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    • It costs at least a hundred just to get the vet to step foot on the property. If he actually touches the horse it’s another 100. Tests done on the horse (flexion or pressure tests) push it up another 100. And we haven’t even gotten to x-rays or ultra-sounds yet. If he injects or withdraws anything it’s another 75. Checking vitals means another 50. God forbid my horse sneezes on him because that’s an automatic 25 fee.

      We’ll be lucky to keep the house when tgis is all done. That lunch we just ate is the last meal we’ll have for a very long time.

      But don’t worry honey… in the horse world the amount would be referred to as “not too much”.

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