My guy Indy came in from the field last week on Monday and he was completely fine, until we came into the barn. He held up his front right leg and hobbled around. Ever since then he's been on and off lame.
Vet said put him on 2 gm bute until Tuesday of this week - we did. She came out and saw nothing wrong (of course he wasn't lame that day) and she said start riding again slowly.
Today is the first day I got back on him, because yesterday he got his strangles, botulism, and west nile shots. Wanted to give him a break from the TRAUMA!!! It was just awful, he would tell you.
So I go and get on him, but just before we walk out of the barn he holds up his right front a second but walks forward anyway. I get on him and he is walking great. Completely sound. I asked for trot after 10 minutes walk, he is DEAD LAME to the right. He bent his ENTIRE form into his right side and dropped his shoulder and hindquarters in. My dearest friend and trainer told me a horse is never in that lame unless he is abscessing or had fractured something. Fracture is out of the question obviously. So I'm thinking it's an abscess.
5 minutes later I took him back up to the arena to show my mom how lame he is (tackless)... I ask for a trot in hand - he's sound. LIKE WHATTT?!?! (And I'm just telling ya, I've had the same tack for 6 months now, it's not that.) THEN I got on him bareback because I was being all high and mighty "OH YOU BIG FAKER!!" And he wasn't exactly lame, just moving funny.. he was uncomfortable clearly. :(
Here's the deal; he has no heat anywhere and his digital pulse is good as normal. (Of course... because this just can't be easy. :roll:) Also, can't see any obvious abscess anywhere.
The ONLY thing I can figure is this:
|Abscesses are considered as part of the detoxification process of an unhealthy hoof to a healthy hoof, not because the abscesses develop after the hoof begins the transitioning process, but because the abscesses had been festering in the hoof and deshoeing the hoof, or the implementation of correct trimming allowed the abscesses to finally migrate to soft tissue where it can rupture.|
I was just thinking maybe the old cells were shedding and formed an abscess? I don't know... you tell me.
Probably calling out the farrier, but would rather not. Just spent $150 on a vet visit.... that didn't help anything anyway. Ugh.
Very sorry about the long post...
1. How long does it take for an abscess to form?
2. What should I DO????? Lol
3. Do you think he is abscessing?