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#1 ***Joker***

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 10:51 AM

I got this horse off the track. I have had him for a couple months or more but he stretches out his back legs often and I don't know why. Hes not colicing. He's eating food hay and drinking water. He's kinda lazy I guess likes to lay down too like in the sun and at night. It makes me nervous. He stretches out like he has to pee but he goes when he has too. Does anyone know what this is or have a horse that does the same thing.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 11:03 AM

I have an Arabian and a Rocky that do the same thing. Usually it is observed first thing in the morning as a wake up stretch. I wouldn't be concerned unless the horse appeared to be lame when walking out of the "stretch". When I used to exercise the horses at the track, the first thing I did before mounting up was to stretch out the front legs by pulling them. ( Do not do this without being shown how to. Some horses will strike out!!) This also helped dislodge the skin behind the front legs when being saddled up making it more comfortable for them. How old is he/she?? Good Luck!!

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 11:50 AM

He will be 4 this April. I observe it like when he got out of the trailer for 2 hours. Or if he has Jennings standing still for a while.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 12:46 PM

Iím no expert, but that sounds like his Stifles. The horses at the barn I ride at are Morgans and sometimes when they are waiting around for a lesson, and you walk them out to the arena they will stretch out there back legs to loosen them up from being stiff. Iím not saying he has a Stifle problem, but here is a link that might help explain it better for you if you donít know what a Stifle is.

http://www.horses-an...0197stifl.shtml

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 02:10 PM

Thanks for the site. It helped a bit. Trying to understand it. He has no signs of lameness though. Not even wen he is ran flat out. This is the second time I have seen him do it. I think its him just stretching bc he didn't have much room to move around. But I will look into that stifle thing.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 06:44 PM

If this horse is stretching out like he is trying to pee, that is a classic symptom of a horse with sand in is gut. EVERY time I have seen that, I have treated it with 1 or 2 back to back large doses of mineral oil put down a gastro-nasal tube by a Vet. Each gelding passed huge quantities of sand.

If he is stretching out 1 hind leg at a time straight out behind him, he is just stretching. I have a couple of horses that do that now. After I saddle one gelding, you cannot lead him off until he stretches out each hind leg. He bows his neck up until his chin almost touches his chest at the same time. He moans and groan and makes a really big deal out of it. Then, he is good to ride all day.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 08:05 PM

I will look into that too but I don't have sand arenas or pens they are dirt and grass but lately with all this rain its mud. Maybe his hay is dusty or something tho.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 01:37 AM

Oh I though he was just stretching his back legs
(Like how we stretch our arms), not stretching like he has to pee duh.gif Iím sorry, I didnít understand at first I guess, so I would just ignore my first post that probably not it!

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 07:49 AM

Thats okay. Anything can help. We are going to give him a supplement I think it is called Sand clear to see if it helps. He is staying with some of my family for a month and they have sand but he has only been here a day, like I said I dont have any sand at my house. Maybe it will help though.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 09:45 AM

It takes more than a couple months to build up enough sand in the gut to start creating issues. If this is the problem with your horse, it has been building for some time.

The land in our area is primarily volcanic sand. We use a psyllium supplement, like Sand Clear, for a week out of every month. There are less costly supplements for that out there. You're looking for a psyllium supplement.

I had one mild sand colic when we moved here. So far, knock on wood, I haven't had another.
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Posted 21 February 2010 - 09:57 AM

I agree with everyone else about the sand gut. Sandclear should work out fine. Maybe his sheath needs a good cleaning?


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Posted 21 February 2010 - 09:14 PM

If your horse is stretching out like he is going to pee and doesnt, you might consider ulcers. Stretching out like that is a sign of gut pain.

Sand could be an issue too, and just because you dont see any sand in your pasture doesnt mean its not there. Your dirt may be a mix of soil and sand. Over time, (days, months and even years) can cause a build up of sand. Besides... the field where your hay is baled could be sandy.





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Posted 22 February 2010 - 02:45 AM

You say youve only had him a couple months? How do you know he didnt pick up a bunch of sand where he came from before you got him?

I agree with a possible gut problem..sand or ulcers etc...
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 12:56 PM

I had a gelding that would stretch out like that when his kidneys hurt. We put him on Milk Thistle, the supplement for people, 6 pills a day. It helped flush out his kidneys. We kept him on it for a couple months and he did a lot better, and stopped stretching out like that.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 01:07 PM

Well he hasn't done it since I posted, so im guessing he was just stiff from being in the trailer. We are going to give him sand clear. The place he was before actually did have sand in the riding arena but the guy brought that in just for the arena because of the rain we get here. He kept him in a lot though. I only know this because I worked with the guy with his horses. We are going to give him some sand clear though. He is originally from Oklahoma but he's been to new Mexico and Louisiana too. Then Ohio so I honestly don't know how it was at the other places. By the way he weaves I think he was kept in a lot. I could be wrong. Thanks for all the advice.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 07:29 AM

My gelding did this and it turned out to be tape worms they attach around the cecum and irritate causeing discomfort so we wormed him and than again in the fall that first year we havn't had a problem we worm them every fall now with the tape care wormer.
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