My mare has since june been lame on her front nearside leg, i've been told by my farrier that she has a shoulder injury and to rest her. She has a bad limp when trotted head nods when on a circle. The limp isn't as bad when she is trotted on the straight. We initally wonered if she was doing it to get out of work as she knows im a softly that instantly stops when theres something wrong. Strange thing is the yard owner say that when they are playing in the field together she doesn't limp when trotting. And thought that if she had such a problem surely she wouldn't play so much? But when she last saw me try to trot her she told me to stop as she could see the limp was bad and that she really struggled to do it. And then whenshe trotted back into the field the limp was really obvious and she nly done a few steps in trot.She wondered if there's a problem with her stifle. She told me that rest will help but is reluctant to say stable her as then she's not gettng any movement and as she is 15 she would stiffen up and possibly make it worse. She's 24/7 turned out.
The farrier came and trimmed her feet last Friday and then on Wednesday I noticed that her left hind bulb has split. Its deep but there is no smell or cut just suddenly split, I can get most of the angle part of a hoof pick in there, she doesn't bother when I do that but when I touch the area below her fetlock joint she moved away from me. We're having a very wet summer so it's definitely not due to drying out. The other horse she lives with has mud fever which the owner is treating but there's no sign of that with my girl. I've been cleaning the foot with clean water with disinfectant in and then drying. I'm not putting any cream into it as there's no wound and worry that the cream would just keep the area wet. What's wrong. As she hasn't had any work since middle of june she's now got quite fat, she's a very greedy mare. I can't stable her as her friend wouldn't cope away from her and he really doesn't like to be stabled for any real period of time. I've now ordered a grass muzzle but am not sure for how long she would need it on. Are these problems all connected I really don't know what to do for the best