DOES MY HORSE LOOK LAME FROM BEHIND?

Q. DOES MY HORSE LOOK LAME FROM BEHIND?

A. Many horse owners find hind limb lameness more difficult to see than a front leg problem. You will need to ask someone to trot up your horse for you, preferably on a level surface that isn't stony or slippery. Whoever is doing the trotting up should be able to control your horse while allowing the horse to trot on a loose rein.

When the horse is trotted away from you notice how the horse's hips dip.  For instance, if the horse's hips appear to sink lower as the left hind leg hits the ground then the horse is lame on the right hind leg.

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If you think your horse is lame you should contact your vet for verification and advice on dealing with the problem.
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