Tuesday, April 21, 2009

En Vogue

These are not great pictures (I took them after dusk last night and digitally adjusted the contrast) but I happened to have a camera in-hand when Raven did something I've been wanting to show you -- equine voguing. Over the past week she has started to look more comfortable again, but I have often seen her standing this way. It is hard to see in the photos, but she is resting her hind left on the toe with the heel raised. She does it equally on both sides and I wonder what it means -- any thoughts? Although I know it's a symptom of navicular pain she doesn't show any other symptoms, and her general level of pain is obviously much lower this week than it has been for the past month.


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I don't know what it means either, but those pics sure looks cool...and she looks pretty :)


Carole said...

I don't know what it could mean either, unfortunately - except that something's not right, of course. Have you considered that it might be something not leg-related, though? Something abdominal? Something spinal that needs a chiropractor's help? Could her compensating for her sore hock have injured something else?

I mention this only because I am thinking of a situation involving a friend's horse. The horse kept tripping during turns, and much effort was spent with the vet and farrier on legs and feet and hooves. Turns out the horse had a vision problem, and was tripping because she couldn't see!

Good luck with your beautiful Raven.

Brandy said...

My first thought was a sort of prep to "winking"... Or a weird kind of stretch... Kind of premenstrual cramp yoga?

I can't see it being related so much to pain in her feet or legs, that really isn't the stablest of postures...