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Please vote for the Canada Retirement foundation for race horses

Started by Standardbred Fan Club Nov 19, 2012.

Please vote for the Canada Retirement foundation for race horses

Started by Standardbred Fan Club Nov 19, 2012.

Storms with lightening 1 Reply

Started by Shirley. Last reply by Tom Bridgman May 15, 2010.

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Comment by Shirley on April 27, 2009 at 2:09pm
I sent you a picture of a large dark horse and asked if he reminded you of anyone. I am not the one with horse stifle issues. Seems we have a crossed wire "somehow?"
Comment by Cindy Jeffery on April 27, 2009 at 1:27pm
Could it be possible he slipped sometime during the winter and pulled a something?
Comment by Elaine Martin on April 27, 2009 at 6:58am
i just read the post about stifle in horses, i have a 6 year old gelding and i am thinking that this maybe his problem in his left rear leg. he also has foundered in his front feet but when he walks i notice his left rear leg does not move like his right.
without costing a lot of money as i could never afford surgery on him, what is the answer to help him?
Sometimes in the winter the poor fella can hardly move.
I just cannot stand to see him in pain as i am sure it must hurt. I am trying to figure the answer out as if I cannot get him sound again I have to make a decision to put him down and it is heart breaking to me as he is my favorite out of my 4 horses.
thanks so much for any advice
Comment by Lexi on April 26, 2009 at 1:09pm
Hello all!! I am new to this group and thought that I would say hi!!!~._=/>
Comment by Gloria Hager on April 15, 2009 at 4:46pm
We had a big walking horse gelding, 4 years old that had a locking stifle. It would lock and he would drag that toe and I didn't know what was going on then. A lot of times he'd lay in the stall in the shavings and get up and start to walk out of the barn and it would lock up. I though he was just stiff.We went on a trail ride and when we stopped for a break, he stood at the tree and kept kicking that hind leg as if there was something on it, and I still didn't get the message. Then the farrier told me it was his stifle locking and to back him up when I saw that it locked up on him. This was instant relief and I routinely backed him whether or not his stifle was locked and by the time he was five it had quit happening to him.
Comment by Cindy Jeffery on February 24, 2009 at 10:27pm many are ready for winter to be done? I sure am, without the benefit of an indoor arena it sure takes a while to get horses tuned up. I've started ground exercises with the horses and in the process I'm getting the exercise too. The ground here is really icy not a lot of snow except in piles everywhere, so riding is dangerous (slipping, falling, pulled ligaments, etc.), I believe strongly in preventative medicine. But just going for a walk, leading my horse has helped take away the winter blues. Also, refreshing their ground manners with blankets, saddle, flags, sticks, balls anything that may be spooky, dealing with it from the ground. So, by the time the ice is gone they will be ready for some lunge work and ground driving, then finally riding.
Comment by Becky on January 18, 2009 at 12:48am
Hi Heather,
I have a Canadian gelding, he's nine now, but when I got him 3 years ago, he would come up lame due to his left rear stifle. The first course of action was cortozone shots, which did help for awhile. But last year while I was recuperating from surgery, I had him out on 40 acres with 20 horses and let him be a horse! Now he is stabled at a farm which has hills, a couple of other horses, shelter, trees and he is out 24/7. He is absolutely sound! Not only that I can leave him for days and just tack up and have a great ride! I wish I had known this 3 years ago. The problem was his muscles could not maintain the support required. It was awful when he would become a 3-legged boy, and he would still try to work. I strongly suggest trying hills prior to surgery. It is definitely less costly.
Comment by Sandy on December 8, 2008 at 12:47pm
Hi Heather, your post is from quite a while ago, but I thought I'd respond anyway, since i've seen a couple of horses with locking stifles. They can outgrow it, since sometimes it's just a development thing, and regular and consistent exercise is what they need. Sometimes with the exercise you won't see the issue anymore, but you have to keep on a routine at least 5 days a week. But it likely depends how severe the case is. Did your horse go for surgery?
Comment by Heather Troglauer on August 10, 2008 at 2:11pm
Does anyone here have pst experience on stifle issues in young horses? We have a filly facing surgery on her right rear stifle - her groove that holds her patella in place is too shallow.

I would love to know if anyone has any experience with this.

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