Locking Stifle

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  • Countrygirlll29 Original Poster Countrygirlll29
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    For the past month or so I have noticed my gelding to be tripping a lot and I can feel his legs lock up while riding and it is noticeable on the lunge. While he is working it is as if his leg “sticks” for a moment and then he comes out of it. Although I haven’t had the vet diagnose anything I am assuming his stifle is locking up from what I researched.. Anyone have any advice on how to help this?

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    hill work. bigger circles.
    There’s really nothing much you can do about a locking stifle except try to build that muscle up. Some horses will have it forever and only slightly like your horse and others will get it worse where their legs lock outwards(in a stretch)

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
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    Liz Liz
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    My mini has stifles that lock. Like NinaJD said, hill work and bigger circles. My vet also suggested working over trotting poles as this will help build up the muscles in the hind legs.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    First, have the vet rule out some other cause.

    It is never the horse's fault

    sam sam
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    I agree with the previous posts about having a vet check him out. My daughters horse was doing something alot like this. We gave him time off, put him back to work, nothing changed. This spring she started trotting hills and over trot rails. We also had a chiropractor/vet come out and assess him. He said his hips were tight and adjusted him. After the first treatment we saw lots of improvement. By the second one the sticking/short stride is gone. I would just make sure you get an accredited chiropractor to look at him. Hope this helps.

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    My mare seems to lock up in her rear below the hip. I actually hear a clicking. Is this what you mean by stifle locking up? I have had a few people check her out, and they have told me I need to build muscle and that I should continue to lunge her. Thoughts? Does this sound similar to what you are seeing, Countrygirlll29?

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    hi countrygirlll29
    locking stifles/legs is serious business and although it can be very manageable, your first stop is your vet. that said, living conditions can contribute greatly. some horses do not do well in stalls full time, the lack of movement and often not rolling or streatching can be hard on tendons and ligaments. also a proper warm up can really help, 15 minutes walking out and streatching his topline in a very relaxed manner can be night and day to a good work out. some top show barns insist on this for their box stall babies to make certain to reduce jumping and dressage injuries. and of course feed, he might have too many supplements or not enough the lack of balance can cause uncomfortable build-ups of minerals/salts/calciums etc in the tissue that again can create performance problems.lots to think about but your vet will be happy you ask so many questions…..it shows care and commitment to your baaby.

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    I would recommend having your gelding worked on by a chiropractor.
    My mare did some tripping too. The chiropractor/vet worked on her, and then recommended putting a bell boot on the weak hind hoof/leg for the first part of your ride or lunge.
    I also invested in a new saddle, so bad saddle fit could be causing your horse to not move freely.

    dressagegirl87 dressagegirl87
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    My OTTB gelding is having the same problem, so I had my vet come out and do a complete lameness work up, and it turns out my horse has upward fixation of the patella. My vet said it is caused my trauma, what did it for Finn was he kicked the arena wall while doing haunches-in. He would lock up some time in the trot and then work out of it. What might help is having a chiropractor come out and re adjust your horses back, hips and sacrum. If that doesn’t help my vet said he does injects of almond oil and iodine to build up scar tissue around the stifle, and lots and lots of hill work.

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    I recently have gone through this with a horse that I bred and he is competing at the FEI in Dressage. So I know all his history and he is now 13 and just started having a stifle issue on the left side. I had recently moved to a barn that was a paddock/stall situation which he had never been in before. He was used to pasture turnout everyday. And when I had him at home he was out 24/7. So the vet felt I had been managing it all along without knowing I was, because of how he was kept. So what I ended doing was having the left stifle blistered. It helped a lot but it didn’t completely go away. So the next thing I did was have the farrier set the toe back on the back feet. That has made a huge,huge difference. Good Luck and hope this info can help you………….

    Joan Fry
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    I strongly suggest that you pay for a vet call instead of trying to diagnose what’s wrong with your gelding based on advice you get on a forum. Not that there’s anything wrong with the advice itself, it’s that you might be treating him for something that’s not wrong with him. I had a gelding with EPM. We went the entire four-month course of medication with him, based on a diagnosis by two different vets (one was the seller’s, one was mine). It worked, but one afternoon shortly after we finished the meds, I went to turn him out but he could hardly walk behind–he’d “lock” with his fetlock inches from his belly. He looked very much like what you described, except my first thought was string halt. No, the EPM had come back. Please–for your horse’s sake–make an appointment with your veterinarian. While he’s there, ask about a chiropractor. Some vets are more open to alternative medicine than others. On another of my horses I had positive results with acupuncture, but I still think your first step should be, get your veterinarian involved.

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