Well my horse that I’ve been dealing with stifle issues was recently diagnosed with Kissing Spine. It makes A LOT of sense now. It’s T16 I believe. I think t18 is close as well but not touching.
I was hoping the wise group in COTH could tell me some of their learned wisdom about kissing spine. Finances are an issue this year due to some family stuff earlier in the year. So really going to try to at least hold off on surgery for now. But still want him comfortable and of course ideally back to work if possible but if not at least comfortable!
His symptoms: lameness behind that would switch from left or right with no rhyme or reason. Mild to moderate back pain in the lower back region, behind where the kissing spine is. He was very full and lazy acting but can be spooky (but not dramatic.) Always had a pain face in my opinion. Would drag is hind legs especially at the walk although again he was very lazy and slow moving. He was very resistant to belly lifts and pelvic tilts. Occasionally after working for a bit he would toss his head although not in a rude way. It seemed like all of a sudden he struggled with pole work. He has been mostly out of work with just some groundwork for the last 7 months due to life outside of him and me thinking he never seemed quite right.
He just got injected 2 1/2 weeks ago. He was on robaxin for 2 weeks and I just did groundwork. Trying to get him to stretch down at his head actually walk (he was more forward) and stepping over single poles. A little bit of walking up and down hill. Carrot stretches and massages. Unfortunately a few days after we stopped the roboxin, he was lame going to the left. So it’s back on the robaxin and we are doing mesotherapy in 2 weeks and some massage.
What else is there to know or do that has worked for people? I’ve heard shockwave can help, Osphos, checking on feet balance, equiband (I own one), lots of turnout (he goes in a turnout with others most of the day but lives in a 31 foot long outdoor pen at night.)
Obviously saddle fit is important. Oh back on track and keeping the back warm as well.
I’d love to hear anything else that might be helpful. I’m struggling a bit with knowing how much work to do to build muscle but also not hurt him. So for now it’s very very light ground work.