Question by  deaglemck (13)

What is stringhalt?

My horse was diagnosed with stringhalt, and I'd like to know more about it. What can you tell me?


Answer by  Kris22 (90)

Stringhalt is an abnormal gait in a horse caused by the hock joints. The abnormal gait may be minor or severe depending on the flexion of the step. The cause of this affliction is nerve degeneration though the cause of the degeneration is unknown. It could be from a toxin.


Answer by  slickytfox (235)

It is an abnormal gait and is said to be a condition found only in horses in Northwest PA. It may cause the horse to have difficulty moving forward and causes them to move forward by going sideways. It is associated with nerve degenration. Treatment may last up to several months.


Answer by  random972 (22)

The basic symptom of Stringhalt is an exaggerated lifting of the back legs - either one at a time, or both together, in a bunny hopping fashion. This can lead to a degeneration of the muscles in the hind-quarters. However, many horses do recover from this disease.

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