Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Eastern Colorado
I took him to our local vet today, since he turned up lame Friday evening. He's never been barrel raced hard, and he is really just an all around gymkhana and play day horse who is occassionally shown at low levels. My daughter even rides him English as of this summer. ;)
Vet today said that he's got a little thrush/hoof rot going on in his right front, along with a stone bruise due to increased moisture in our area after long-term drought. I definitely caught a whiff of the stinky when she really got agressive in cleaning the crevice along the inside edge of the frog on that foot. He didn't respond to hoof testers at all, other than extreme tenderness in the frog at the area of the deepest crevice and smell. There's no heat, no obvious inflammation, no swelling, etc, in the front. There is a little puffiness in the back fetlocks. His back is also really sore. Vet attributed all of this to the case of thrush she diagnosed along with the stone bruise.
He was trimmed Monday evening. He was ridden in our sandy arena Tuesday evening with no limping or soreness. He was hauled by my ex-husband and ridden by my daughter for her 4h clinic Wednesday night, and the clinician commented to me that he appeared a little sore. Thursday he was not ridden, but I didn't observe any lameness at the barn during feeding times. Friday morning, my daughter rode him lightly bareback in our sandy corral and arena, but never more than a trot. Again, I did not observe any lameness.
Friday night, my ex hauled her and the horse to the same arena as Wednesday for her Gymkhana, and Flash is lame lame lame. He was limping at the walk, dropping his shoulder, bobbing his head, etc.
Today before bringing him to the vet, I had my daughter lead him around our sandy arena so that I could watch his motion. He wasn't obviously limping at the walk, at the trot, he had a slight head bob, and I never asked her to lope him because I knew he was still feeling some pain. Once we got to the vet, after she did her agressive cleaning of the crevices, he was EXTREMELY tenderfooted and tip-toeing, however it was on broken concrete, not grass or dirt.
Any feedback on that diagnosis? The farrier is coming out tomorrow to clean the shedding frog up and test with his hoof testers. I cannot get in to get him xrayed for a couple of weeks due to timing. It's county fair season, and equine vets are either gone or booked solid. Believe me, I tried calling every one within 100 miles of me this morning!