Well doesnt even look likes it the leg afterall???

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Well some of you may have read my previous post about my mare with the problem which we all thought was leg/ligament problems...well...the vet came last night and nerve blocked the leg from hock down. We waited for it to take effect then tacked up and took her in the school. He had me riding round, then leading round, then riding bareback, then leading with no saddle. Conclusion being - the nerve block hadn't made a difference so the problem is def steming from her Back!!


The odd stride/lameness was still there but just in varying degrees i.e worse with saddle and rider, not soo bad with just rider but still there. This means she now has to go in the vets for further ultra sounds/x-rays etc to find out what it is...we are now back to the first idea of 'kissing spines'!!

Oh to top all that of, she is now on box rest due to an eye problem. Somhow she's knocked her eye and her pupil was spasming and bearly open. So she is on antibiotic eyedrops and another eyedrop that dilates the pupil. Problem with that is cause the pupil is fully dilated and she has no control over it it would hurt for her to go in direct sunlight...soooo for the time being she has to stay in
my poorly little girl
 
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If I thought that would be an option and would help we would, but unfortunetly ive had the physio check my horses back for years and Aris had hers done about every 6months since I've owned her
The physio also has her horse at the same yard and knows the vet....it was her that said about getting the bone scan done months ago, which we did and didnt show up anything....so back to square 1...
 

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it sounds like you do everything you can to keep your horse in peak condition.Hopefully the scans/xrays will reveal the source of the problem this time.What is the likelyhood of her becoming sound if its something like kissing spines.
 
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Thats the annoying thing lol...you do everything you can then theres still problems...think it depends on how many of the vertebrea (sp?) are touching, if just 1 then its pretty fixable but if alot more then it gets harder to fix....
 
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OMG Becky i cant believe it!!!!

I really thought the vet would come up with a solution last night.

Why didn't they carry out x-rays when she went for the bone scan the first time?? Thats the first thing they did with my horse before commiting to a bone scan as its so expensive.

God i really feel for you, are you insured??
 
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So did we
thought the nerve block would show it all up!! How annoying...well suppose because nothing showed up on the bone scan they didnt feel the need to do any further test. vet did say that kissing spines doesnt always show up on bone scans, as the scan only picks up on bony malfactions and inflammed bone, where as the kissing spine could just be rubbing together...

Yes insured with NFU thank god, and they've been really good so far with paying etc
 
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I think its really odd that they didn't carry out x-rays first as bone scans only tend to show up 'hot spots' but i aint no vet so what do i know!!

At least she is going for them now though so hopefully you can get to the bottom of it. Is she booked in yet??

NFU are brill, they paid me out within a week of each claim.
 
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