Tonight I went to ride my OTTB as usual. He was out in his field with his buddies, all normal. I brought him and and let him graze, then cross tied him. I noticed his left front ankle looked larger than normal. I felt it and it definitely felt swollen in the back area of the ankle. I didnt feel any difference in temperature from his other legs. It was evenly cool. But the ankle is swollen. I called my trainer and she said to lunge him and see if he is lame. He walked fine, but at the trot, he is slightly "off". Not much, but its there. I cold water hosed the joint for 20 minutes and put him away. Trainer just called and said that she gave him some bute and wrapped his ankle. She said that many times these things just work themselves out quickly. He may have stomped at a fly too harshly or gotten a kick from a buddy. She said let's give him a day or two and check it again.
My OTTB has never been lame! How long does something like this usually take?
On cross ties, he wasnt holding one foot up. He seemed normal, but you can see the swelling.
Any chance we can be back to normal in a week?