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Case Study: Multiple Limb Lameness That Could Be Undiagnosed with Subjective Evaluation

Case Study: Multiple Limb Lameness That Could Be Undiagnosed with Subjective Evaluation

By Nicolas Ansoleaga Nicolas Ansoleaga, DVM, ECP, Austral University of Chile | Updated on | Case Study, Chilean Rodeo, Compensatory Lameness, Data Interpretation, Multiple Limb Lameness, N Ansoleaga

Signalment: 6-year-old Chilean gelding, intended for Chilean rodeo presented for right forelimb lameness. HISTORY: Horse suffered a lacerating wound just above the right front heel bulbs 11 months prior to evaluation. He was re-introduced to exercise 3 months ago, but the rider complained that the horse was not responding to reining commands as usual and started to refuse going forward when needed. No obvious lameness was observed according to the rider. Prior Veterinary/Non-Veterinary Evaluation History: A referring vet did a quick lameness evaluation believing that there is a subtle lameness on the right fore; however, no blocks were...

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Case Study: Separating Compensatory from True Multiple Limb Lameness

Case Study: Separating Compensatory from True Multiple Limb Lameness

By Christina Frigast Christina Frigast, MRCVS, CERP, ECP | Updated on | C Frigast, Case Study, Compensatory Lameness, Data Interpretation, Multiple Limb Lameness

Signalment: 13-year-old Arabian gelding used for dressage on competition level presented for lameness evaluation. History: The horse had hoof care performed approximately 5 weeks ago and hasn’t been performing well since. At the time of his hoof care, the farrier found him sore near the toe of his left forelimb. Following hoof care, his primary lameness was evident while lunging to the left, but is now seen in both directions. Additionally, the horse has become lame trotting in a straight line. His left hindlimb does not step through while trotting and has been previously adjusted by a chiropractor with no...

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Case Study: Understanding Compensatory Lameness Patterns

Case Study: Understanding Compensatory Lameness Patterns

By Kevin Keegan Kevin G. Keegan, DVM, MS, DACVS | Updated on | Case Study, Compensatory Lameness, Data Interpretation, Forelimb Lameness, KG Keegan, Multiple Limb Lameness

Multiple limb lameness can be a little confusing to sort out completely, and it can be further complicated by apparent compensatory lameness – which is body movement asymmetry not due to pain, but rather the horse manipulating its body to help off-load a primary lame limb. Although not all horses exhibit compensatory lameness, some exhibit quite dramatic compensatory asymmetry – so much so that the compensatory movement appears more prominent than the primary lameness itself. It is easy to convince oneself to go after the grade 3/5 LF first, because it is so obvious. Here we present a case that...

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Case Study: Multiple Limb Lameness That Could Be Undiagnosed with Subjective Evaluation

Case Study: Separating Compensatory from True Multiple Limb Lameness

Case Study: Understanding Compensatory Lameness Patterns