Sam is lame in his right front leg. I don't really know anything about lameness, so I'm hoping you can help me figure out the possible causes, likely outcome and what to do. There's definitely something going on with his right front, and I have a vet coming Monday, but I'm a worried mom and would like to get your thoughts now :) Here's the info (bulleted because I don't know what's relevant and what relates to other pieces of information):
- Sam had his feet trimmed Monday right after I rode him, and the farrier is trying to gradually correct a slight dish in his hooves and a high heel in his front right hoof. This is the second time that farrier has seen him
- I tacked him up and went to mount on Tuesday evening, and he wouldn't let me get on. We "fought" about it for half an hour (me repositioning him or lunging him and trying again). By that time it was dark, so I had someone hold him while I mounted just so he didn't "win" and then got right off. I didn't think much about it because we worked through a mounting issue when I first got him and figured the fact that it was feeding time and he could hear his friends eating was inspiring extreme brattiness.
- On Wednesday morning I lunged him and he kept tripping over a wet area in the outdoor ring and bucking when he tripped. I thought maybe he had something in his hoof, so I brought him in, checked his feet and took him into the arena (softer footing). He looked a little funny to me, so I had a trainer watch him move, and she said he was lame in his right front. She noticed this when he was tracking right.
- I haven't ridden since Monday, and he had Thursday totally off (no lunging).
- Today I started to lunge and saw he was off, but this time it didn't show going to the right but to the left. Another trainer helped me test him (she held up each foot for a few minutes and then had me trot him) and said she thought it was his knee — same leg.
- Today, at the advice of my barn manager, I put mineral ice on his knee and gave him one crushed bute tablet in his dinner.
- He doesn't show signs of pain when he's walking — just trotting. I've been grazing him in hand, and he doesn't seem to hesitate in stepping on rocky or sloped ground in the pursuit of tasty grass :-p
So what I'm hoping you can speculate on is whether the pain could have something to do with the hoof being worked on (maybe changing the angle made him put different pressure on his knee?), whether you think it's more likely something more serious, and what you would do over the weekend until the vet comes (stall rest or is pasture ok? Bute? Should I walk him around at all?)?
Thanks, you guys!!