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KenzieLynn

Sore Stifle?

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I have a 2 year old gelding I just picked up 7/28. He will let me pick up all of his hooves, except his right hind leg. When I try, he shift all of his weight onto that hoof, to the point he side steps towards me so I can't get to that hoof. When trotting, that right rear leg doesn't extend as far as the left. I tried pressing all over his hip area to see where he is sore, and it seems to be his patella/stifle region. However, if that was what's hurting him, why would he WANT to put his weight on that side?
Just a little confused and seeing if anyone has any ideas!

He was in a pasture with a mean old mare, so he may have been kicked. I really have no idea. He doesn't limp or show any signs of lameness, just doesn't want me to pick up that leg. The other side stretches and moves just fine.

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Some of the most common stifle problems include cysts, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), and injury to the ligaments and tendons stabilizing the joint.It's maybe like a person that has say a bad knee, they can bear weight often just standing, but movement is effected to various degrees.Sounds like this is his way of protecting his movement of the leg.

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