lameness after castration

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by 1rish, May 24, 2004.

  1. 1rish

    1rish Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2004
    Messages:
    1,551
    Likes Received:
    32
    When I gelded my Draft/TB he hemoraged after the surgery and the vet had to do a second procedure and give him some internal stitches. About 2 days after the surgery he started coming lame in what appeared to be his back stifle. It was worse when he had been confined to his pen then after a few minutes of work. His symptoms presented themselves as dragging of the leg at the trot or picking the leg up to his stomach while trotting/cantering. It got worse and worse over the next couple of days to the point it was distressing to watch him move around. The vet thought it was stringhalt, EPSM or OCD. We ran a series of tests and did x-rays and they came back showing no orthopedic reason for his lameness. We thought it must be neurological. I was considering putting him down until someone offered me the use of their pasture for the summer. We turned the colt out and within 30 days he was moving fine.
    The final diagnosis...
    His stitches were pulled too tight.
    I just wanted to post this, I know that when I was on the internet looking for a reason he may be lame I found no stories of peoples experience. I thought this might help someone in the future who has a similar situation and is thinking of selling their colt or worse.
     
    madvoice likes this.






  2. PawNHoofPrints

    PawNHoofPrints Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2003
    Messages:
    776
    Likes Received:
    47
    Wow! That is really interesting. Your vet should write it up as a case report in a journal.


    I'm glad it wasn't something really serious that was causing the lameness.
     
  3. 1rish

    1rish Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2004
    Messages:
    1,551
    Likes Received:
    32
    I know, who would have thought that severe of a lameness could be something so simple!
     
  4. CANDYGIRL

    CANDYGIRL Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2003
    Messages:
    2,804
    Likes Received:
    89
    Irish


    That is very informative, thanks for sharing.

    Must have been a horrible time, lame and no diagnosis:eek!:

    Agree something so simple, imagine those tight stiches on his,well you know what, poor chap LOL

    Glad he's well now.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. madvoice

    madvoice Senior Member+

    Joined:
    May 5, 2004
    Messages:
    11,873
    Likes Received:
    1,247
    The first thing I thought of while reading your post was that the vet had hit a nerve when he did the internal stitches. The stitches being too tight was quite an amazement. I'll have to store that one away for future reference :)
     






Share This Page