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Jo Beasley
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Post Number: 43
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2005 - 9:00 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a horse that has always stood nice and square as a rule. Now I notice that his back right rear lower leg/hoof is angled out at about 45 degrees while standing. Not always, but a great deal of the time. Does anyone know if this is symptomatic of a problem? It is probably nothing, but made me wonder?? Thanks!
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Monday, May 23, 2005 - 11:29 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Have you changed farriers or the way he is trimmed or shod?
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Jo Beasley
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Post Number: 45
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Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 - 9:09 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have not changed farriers, Sara.
This is a horse that recently developed a couple of windpuffs also. My vet "thinks" there was some truma to the fetlock, but nothing showed positive. I'm trying to identify where the truma may have localized and the only real symptom I have is the way he stands. I am worried he may never be the same and he was sound, smooth and floaty to ride!
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 7:23 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The occasional angling out while standing really has no significance Jo if the horse is sound at a trot. Many horses take up this position while resting a hind. If the windpuffs are on both hind legs this does not signify a single traumatic event but the result of work, over time, and some horses just get them.
DrO
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Jo Beasley
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Post Number: 46
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Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 4:11 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dr. O: Thanks for the responses on windpuffs/standing square. This horse did go lame at the trot, went sound, went lame and is now sound. I am working him very slowly now and hope he will not have another episode. We just could not seem to pinpoint anything except maybe in RR fetlock and the windpuffs were new. FYI: I took him to the vet, but the worst of it was over by the time of examination so he showed very little lameness. I, of course, am only worried about longtime soundness.

I look forward to reading the new info on windpuffs.

Thank you so much!
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