Luckily, horses do recover from stringhalt and can return to their normal athletic pursuits after a period of time.
The clinical signs of stringhalt basically involve an exaggerated lifting of each hind leg as the horse moves forwards and backwards.
In very severe cases, the horse will go to walk off and get one leg stuck up under it's belly, as though the leg was glued there.
In such cases, horses can often only move with a bunny hopping motion where they have both back legs up in the air at once and
paddle along on their front legs.
In mild cases, exaggerated lifting of the leg is only obvious under special circumstances, such as when the horse goes backwards, is upset, turns sharply sideways, or in cold weather.
Mild cases are often first noticed when a horse is backed off a float, and in severe cases the horse cannot go backwards at all. The severity of the signs in a horse can be quite varied and are made worse by cold, excitement and alterations to daily routine.
This high stepping gait is accompanied by wastage of muscles in the hind limbs. Affected horses will have muscle wastage in the gaskin area just above the hock and between the shoulders, and these are occasionally accompanied by changes in the forelimb gait.