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QUESTION: hello Anne. can you please answer this question since i am unable to get an answer from anyone working in my stable.

Question : how to get to know that my horse is suffering from shoulder lameness(sprained shoulder) when he's made to walk or trot? can you give me a simple and easy way to figure out a sprained shoulder horse?

ANSWER: Roberts,
  Shoulder lameness is pretty rare. IF it is indeed in the shoulder you will probably see some heat, notice the head being lifted and the limb swung outward when the horse is asked to move forward, and get a pain response when pressure is applied to the point of the shoulder.
  I'd suggest looking further down the leg, starting with the hoof and shoeing. If the problem continues, it would probably be a good idea to have the horse blocked.
Anne Stepien

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QUESTION: thanks for the answer. wish u happy new year. a follow up question.

Question: may i know which conformation horses are more prone to shoulder lameness? which type of shoeing should a lame shoulder horse need?

  Shoulder lameness is pretty rare. Horses that are not properly cared for or who have poor conformation may be more likely to sore up in the shoulder area. Since breed standards are different as far as conformation, there really isn't a right or wrong answer for this question.
Anne Stepien


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Anne Stepien


I am knowledgeable regarding Standardbred race horses (trotters and pacers). I can answer general questions, questions regarding conformation, rigging, lameness and some shoeing questions.


I raced standardbreds (primarily trotters) for 9 years on the Grand Circuit and in overnight events for approximately 15 years.

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