Murietta Equine Blog
Gelding Y is a five- year old Quarter Horse, use is upper level Barrel Racing. Recently he has refused to enter the arena, will not rate the 2nd and 3rd barrel (right turn), he elevates his head and does not “fire” when coming out of the turn.
Whiz is a nine year-old Quarter Horse gelding that competes in Reining.
Why Lameness (pain) due to Stifle Joint pathology can be difficult to diagnose.
Abnormal bone development can occur before maturity and not present itself as lameness until early training or mid-career. The size of the bone (cartilage) defect, discipline and training methods can influence when and to what degree the lameness occurs. Some individuals adapt and no lameness occurs.