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Tania Sprong
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Username: Tsprong

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Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Saturday, Feb 5, 2005 - 7:09 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a strange problem. About two months ago I noticed my horse raise his right hind leg, drop his head and sway rapidly front to back while in that position. My trainer told me my horse does this on occasion and that the first time she saw it she thought it was odd but offered no other information other than that she thought it was his way of weaving. Every article I have read on weaving describes it as a side to side action not back to front. Has anyone ever seen anything like that? Now he has gone lame in what appears to be his right forelimb(vet check pending) and I am wondering if there might be a connection to the bizarre swaying action. Any opinions or advice would be welcome.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Sunday, Feb 6, 2005 - 9:40 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The leg reaction makes me think of cramping and possible Shivers but this would not be related to the front end lameness. See Equine Diseases >> Lameness >> Muscle >> Tendon Diseases >> Tying Up, Rhabdomyolysis, and Shivers (EPSM).
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Tania Sprong
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Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 - 1:01 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

DrO, you were exactly right on this one. Vet check confirmed that my horse had a selenium and vitamin e deficiency and he has indicated that the product Vetra-Sel will be a necessary supplement of my horses diet. The lameness was deemed 'road founder' probably caused by running on frozen ground during an escape from his paddock. My horse had been exhibiting behavioural problems for a couple of months and the escape is likely linked to that. The vet feels that the behavioural problems were probably due to the fact that my horse was in pain (sore muscles) and was trying to let me know that the job I was asking him to do was uncomfortable or painful. Anyway, the good news is that my horse is no longer in pain, his attitude and behaviour are back to normal, the lameness has been dealt with and the selenium / vit e booster shot seems to have done the trick. Given that selenium can be toxic I decided to wait until I was confident the booster shot was out of his system before starting the supplement. He started the leg lifting again yesterday so I think it is probably a good time to start. Thanks for your help!
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