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Geoff Stewart
Username: redback

Post Number: 24
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, Nov 8, 2007 - 9:33 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dear People:
I have a 5yo Standardbred mare that the trainer felt was occasionally locking her stifle. The trainer and the vet felt they were a little weak and decided to inject both stifles with iodine. At her last run she wanted to run out and eventually broke. On examination by me this morning she was sensitive to touch on the lower portion of the front of the stifle. This seems to explain her running out. The question is are there any side effects of iodine injections to stop UPF? Is it possible that such an injection has done some damage? What would I look for to solve the problem?

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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: dro

Post Number: 19519
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Friday, Nov 9, 2007 - 6:39 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Welcome back Geoff,
To rule out stifle problems, and all other possible lameness troubles, you would first conduct a regular lameness exam Geoff to see if there was any sign of hind limb pain, for more on this see Diseases of Horses » Lameness » Localizing Lameness in the Horse. There are some high speed lameness problems that do not show up on such an exam so if nothing shows up on the regular exam the next step is to conduct an exam on a high speed treadmill. Video taping the session so the action can be viewed slowed down helps.
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