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post #1 of 12 Old 05-21-2013, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Limping horse

Hi. Just seem to have a probem with my horse. I AM NEW TO HORSE OWNING so don't know alot about it. I got 2 horses last fall. They were in a huge field for a month or so and ( I THINK ) my female might have fell in a gopher hole. She began to limp. No heat in her legs or even swelling. The limp seemed to pretty much go away on its own after a few days. Thru the winter we didnt ride her much but she did seem to pick the limp up occasionally. She would limp some days but not others. This spring we tried to ride her and she seemed to limp alot. We live in amish country and were told to get a local amish guy to come out and trim their hooves. When he was here doing it we asked him if he knew what might be wrong with her. Her checked her feet for rocks ect. NOTHING. He hoof tested her. He says she looks fine. He checked for swelling or heat.... NOTHING!!! He said get her on some bute for awhile and rub her shoulder and chest area with stuff ( don't know what its called right off hand ).He seems to think its in the tendons in her chest area. Her limping eases up with the bute. When we stop the bute she limps pretty bad again. ANY IDEAS.... ANYONE??? Please we need your help!

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-21-2013, 01:07 AM
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Sounds like it's way past time to get a vet out.
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-21-2013, 01:09 AM
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Sorry, we can only guess on the internet, your horse needs a vet ASAP.
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post #4 of 12 Old 05-21-2013, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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Everyone says she will be fine. Because there is no heat or swelling, but its been a lng time and the limp doesnt go away! Not for good at least. Do you think she is lame? That's what a neighbor told me.
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It very well could be a shoulder or hip issue. Or, the amo could care less. Not all lameness is hoof related, nor are all amo straight shooters.

I also live in a very Amish area, and lets just say, not all are equal. A good honest Amish horseman would look over the whole horse, before even trimming. They're the lively hood of the handler. Just this past weekend, I watched an Amish buggy leaving wallyworld (yeah I know) the horse couldn't pull the wagon up the hill from a dead stop. It was loaded. He got off, led it, ,) kinda, and off they went.

Guess what my point is, Amish or not, have someone else look.

Could be anything really.
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ok. Thank you so much for you help. I guess the best thing like you said is a vet.
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I should have done it sooner but I really thought it wasnt serious because she runs on it sometimes and it doesnt seem to bother her. It actually seems to bother her more when she is walking. She runs like lightning! Walkes like an old broke down limping grandma. She is only like 12yrs old. Tells you how some new owners can be under knowledged!!!! Honestly thought if she runs on it like that ... it couldnt be anything real serious. Hope I didnt hurt her worse by waiting so long.
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Honestly thought if she runs on it like that ... it couldnt be anything real serious. Hope I didnt hurt her worse by waiting so long.
Well... it's not likely to be as serious as a broken leg. Chronic injuries/pain do get worse over time. Horses are innately stoic creatures who tend to frequently put up with a lot without lameness becoming blatantly obvious. Horses also run on adrenaline, which could potentially be why she walks badly but can still run without obvious lameness. There are also many injuries that can be intermittent... my own gimpy knee comes to mind. Bute is also bad for the gut & may be a good short term palliative, but not something that they should stay on more than a week or few.

So... hopefully over the last year you've been doing lots of study, to learn what you need to know. Some of the many things you may not be aware of is that your horses will need their teeth attended, yearly on average. They will need worming & hoof care 6 weekly and diet & nutrition are important subjects to learn more about too.
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post #9 of 12 Old 05-21-2013, 05:36 PM
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Vet.... now.

If a horse limps, that's not a normal behavior and thus you need to have someone figure out what is causing it. That's where the vet comes in.

Do not let things just "work themselves out"... that's irresponsible.

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post #10 of 12 Old 05-21-2013, 05:48 PM
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I agree with everyone else, definitley call a vet and have them come check the horse out. Goodluck and I hope your horse gets better soon!

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