Today, I noticed my 10 year old mare quarter horse, Angel, limping on her right front leg.
She can put some weight on the foot, but is clearly favoring.
I inspected her sole and outer hoof and see no obvious problems.
I squeezed her ankle, and other leg joints to see if she was having other leg problems.
I spoke to my farrier, whom I respect and have had great service. He suggested we observe her for a couple of days to see if she just stepped on a rock and got a minor bruise, or if she has an abcess.
If an abcess, he says we can drill the hoof to relieve the pressure and stall her for a couple of weeks until it heals.
The alternative for the abcess is to just hold off on riding her and let it pop through. He says once this is done, the ordeal is over with.
While I really trust his opinion and have had great service from him, it just seems a little drastic to just let it go until it pops through. However, in he wild, I guess this is the only way they are resolved.
Any other suggestions? Is there any way to determine if she has a sprained ankle or other ailment?