Quarter horse stiff in the hind end

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  • Horseknut Original Poster
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    I have an older quarter horse who has nivicular disease in her front feet. She does wear shoes and is sound 99% of the time with shoes on. Lately she’s been really stiff in the back end at a lope (she’s a western pleasure mare) and I can’t seem to find anything to help. She reaches under herself perfectly fine at a trot, but when I ask her to lope she gets choppy behind because she won’t reach under herself hardly at all and then she will swop leads behind about every 5-6 strides. But its not all the time. Some days she could lope perfectly for hours. And then some days are like this. I’ve tried her on bute, long trotting first to stretch her out, stretching her myself, devils claw supplement, BL supplement, and nothing seems to help. Anyone have any ideas I haven’t tried?? I’m thinking maybe previcox? I’m willing to take just about any suggestion as long as its not super expensive as I’m in college and don’t have TONS of extra money.

    Oh and she always has SMB boots in front and wraps in back when we ride. ALWAYS.

    Thanks for your help!!

    TWH Girl TWH Girl
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    Hi there, after going through a long period of NQR (not quite right) stuff with my guy, I’d really recommend a good lameness exam and xrays. Things that immediately come to mind are sore hocks and hock injections, or low back/SI pain. I would try chiropractic, Previcox for a week and then get the vet out to check the hocks. You could also try systematic injections like Legend, Adequan or Pentosan before moving to joint injections if hocks are the issue.

    Sorry you are going through this. I know how frustrating and $$it can be!

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    I agree with TWH girl. I would get your horses hocks and or stifles/SI joints looked at. Had the same issue with my gelding. Started with Navicular changes in the spring. Got him shod better and sound from that, started training late spring. My trainer kept saying, something wasn’t quite right. He kept swapping leads in the back end and was just really having a hard time with things. Chiro did not help my guy. We took him to a vet clinic for a full lameness work up and in the end it was decided his hocks were the issue and we had them injected. Sore hocks can lead to back/SI pain from compensating and can also cause front end pain as well. It’s been 3 weeks since his hock injections and he’s back 110%. We maintain him on SmartFlex III. Our vet didn’t feel Adequan/Legend or Polyglycan would be beneficial just yet. You will need to talk to your vet about your specific situation and maintenance program suited to your horses needs.

    horsesrule10 horsesrule10
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    try massaging her hind end my sister is a vet and she told me that if you massage it 20 minutes a day it will loosen up the mussels and she can relax.

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    I suggest looking into SmartPak supplements for your mare. You remarked she is older, perhaps some joint supplements could help her.

    I started my then 13 year old gelding on a Smart Pak and it did help. I have now had to move up a step to Grand Meadows Mega Flex supplement. It’s pretty much miraculous.

    I use Grand Meadows tablets for my 13 year old dog and her mobility in her rear legs is hugely improved.

    Try supplements before drugs and injections.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    There is an old recipe for jugged hare that begins “First, catch your hare”. Before trying any supplements or medications, you need to determine the cause of the problem, and that will require a vet check. In the long run, that will be less expensive than giving the horse things that might not have any effect on the problem. Is she kept in a stall? If so, perhaps keeping her turned out would help, as she would have more freedom to move about naturally.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
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    I very much agree with Joe-Joe’s post.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Thank you Pheets!

    It is never the horse's fault

    samteddy123 samteddy123
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    My friends horse had kind of the same thing, stiff in the hind end. He is an older quarter horse also. The vet came out and had to give him injections for his stifles.

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    All good advice. Vet to confirm/diagnose problem area/s. I have a 21 yo QH who is shod only in front, has some pedal bone changes in a forefoot and I leave him barefoot behind. This helps on shoeing costs, gives him more traction in winter since he lives in pasture. He has been less stiff being able to move around, is happier and better for his mild heaves to be outdoors.

    I have learned to avoid small circles and longeing a horse with hock or stifle pain/arthritis as it can worsen it. Once you know what is causing the problem, your vet and/or farrier may be able to modify the way he is trimmed; esp. hind feet. My shoer kind of squares or rolls the toes behind to “ease breakover” and make it easier on them.

    Our horse had been getting progressively more sore (and causing referred back pain) behind in spite of oral joint supplements (Cortaflex) and/or Adequan intramuscular shots at least monthly for maintenance. Although he is a pleasure/trail horse for the most part, (no low jumping any more), I chose to have vet further evaluate him and tried hock injections to see if it helps his comfort and quality of life. It seems to have helped.

    Now I give him 1/2 c. ground flax mixed with little low carb feed (Omegas for coat and help joint inflammation), daily Cortaflex, Adequan as needed and some stretches recommended by vet who is also chiropractor. Once the problem area is identified, if it is arthritis, you could also try topical rubs like Cetyl M cream for horses/dogs. The cream would be less expensive and not involve injections. Note: I read human arthritis creams with methyl salicylate or some other ingredients are toxic to horses. You could try one thing at a time, give it a chance before trying/adding something else. Best wishes!

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