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Hello everyone, last night I was riding my turning 17 year old quarab mare at ...
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    Red face ??Possible STIFLE injury??Need Advice*UPDATE!!!

    Hello everyone, last night I was riding my turning 17 year old quarab mare at our local arena doing some team sorting. I warmed her up like I have done in the past, she has had about a month off during holidays. Well about our third go around I notice her not turning as well and fighting me a little. When our go was over I turned and started to walk out of the arena with her and noticed a severe limp. I got off and checked her out and she was holding her left rear leg slightly off the ground and not wanting to bare weight on it. I was thinking pulled muscle because she pulled one about 6 months ago. She was limping drastically on it last night, but I did not give her anything to mask the pain so she wouldn't hurt herself even further. Well this afternoon I checked her out after work and she isn't limping nearly as bad while walking in a straight line, but when she tries to turn or pivot it is very slow and she limps on her leg. When I started to feel around for heat or swelling, none of the above, I put my hand on her stifle and pushed a little and she brought her leg up like she was going to kick me and I felt something move under my hand. I was a little worried, so I checked her other leg, she let me poke and prod without an issue and everything on her right hind leg felt really tight. My question is do you think she hurt herself considerably, am I overreacting, should she see a vet, is there something else it could be???? Sorry for the long post, please help, I have never had a horse with these symptoms before.
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    With a drastic onset of lameness like you describe, it's always best to go ahead and have your vet assess your horse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryle View Post
    With a drastic onset of lameness like you describe, it's always best to go ahead and have your vet assess your horse.
    i second this. your vet is your best bet, and with something like that, the sooner you get the vet out, the better. its a safer route than guessing and worrying, plus, you dont want it to get worse.
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    I contacted my vet and we are taking her in tomorrow morning. I hope it is something that is fairly easy to fix. I love her to death and would hate for her to be hurt for a long time or need surgery. I will keep you all updated, hope for the best for us.

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    I would contact your vet because the lameness you describe doesn't sound like stifle issues to me. I have a horse with locking stiffle and it sounds like your mare pulled a muscle or somthing so I would have it vet checked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bratt79 View Post
    I contacted my vet and we are taking her in tomorrow morning. I hope it is something that is fairly easy to fix. I love her to death and would hate for her to be hurt for a long time or need surgery. I will keep you all updated, hope for the best for us.
    good luck!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WRQH View Post
    I would contact your vet because the lameness you describe doesn't sound like stifle issues to me. I have a horse with locking stiffle and it sounds like your mare pulled a muscle or somthing so I would have it vet checked.
    What is locking stifle?

    To the OP, please keep us updated; I hope everything is okay.
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    locking stifle is were the stiffle of the leg basically lock up. This link may help explain
    http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/horse...1370&aid=41501. It causes them to not be able to walk well because there leg appear to be wooden. It doesn't really bend it would be like you not being able to bend your knee. I hate to watch it because it makes me hurt thinking about it.
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    I am taking her to the bet in the am, I don't believe it is a pulled muscle because she pulled one about 6 months ago and isn't showing any of the same signs, and it is the same leg. Hope it is a pulled muscle though, that I know how to take care of, this whole stifle thing is worrying the heck out of me.

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    Good luck with it and I hope that it all works out.
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