- She is dragging her hind toes
- She is lame, kind of, different days it’s different, pretty sure it’s in the hind
- It’s a mystery – what is wrong with her?
- I know I can’t keep riding her this way
- Yes, she sure is dragging her hind toes
She is very flat in the croup
She stands parked out (hind legs way behind the normal stance under the hip joint)
- She has no hamstrings built up
- She is using her strong shoulders to travel
- Her back was very sore, tender, painful to palpation (pressing to assess pain)
I took the thermal images and the camera found inflammation in the suspensory ligament, down in the pastern area. The images are shown here.
When we compare the two images here, we see that the forward left leg in the first image shows much more heat in the lateral/outside suspensory ligament than the forward right leg in the second image. This is to compare the lateral aspect only.
Yes, this mare is in pain. This can help explain why she is dragging her hind toes. Why she is mad, and why she has become unhappy to work.
Note that the temperature scales in these two images are the same. Without this constant, a comparison would not be fair.
Now, we jump 9 weeks later, to the happy place. The owner did a fabulous and AMAZING job with rehab and physical therapy for this horse. The first 5 days or so included cold hosing for her legs. She was laid off the arena exercise program, and began hill climbing with this horse in her ideal “hilly” barn location. Also, whenever she groomed or handled the mare, she was to place the mare’s hind legs closer to the fronts – basically asking the horse to stand under herself with more collection.
My thinking in all of this was to strenthen the quadriceps muscles of the legs, the hamstrings, and the abdominal obliques. These were all under used by the mare’s natural way of traveling.
WOW! did it work! When I arrived after 9 weeks, this mare looked different. In addition to strengthening those large muscles of the hind quarters, we also have a very different neck now. Her neck was skinny, under muscles, and looked strange. Now it is balanced and beautifully proportioned to her shoulder and body.
I am so grateful to you, wonderful owner, and you know who you are!! Blue ribbon – Most Improved – Absolutely transfomed a horse in 9 weeks. All from changing what had been done, and resting the injured legs.
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