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    04-04-2012, 11:35 AM
Question Cabby, Lame in 3 legs.

I was told earlier yesterday that my horse was lame in his left back leg, I went out there as soon as I possibly could, I picked out his feet and didn't find abscesses or heat going down his leg, but up toward his hip about 6-7 inches from his hock up was warm and clammy He has past history of a broken coffin bone his his left front leg that has healed but occasionally causes him to become lame in that leg. What I have noticed is his stance is stretched out, he's putting all his weight on his front legs and little to none on his lame back. Here's a email that I sent my trainer on my theory of what's wrong:
"Update: Well I got a call today that Cabaret was lame in his right back leg, I went out there around 3pm and checked him out picked out his feet no abscesses or heat near or on his hoof I walked him around the arena and Jenny noticed that both front and his back leg were causing him issues we picked out his hooves out again and nothing. No heat on front or abscesses I took him back inside and checked out his back leg again, this time I ran my hand all the way down his hip and leg, It was all hot and clammy like it was inflamed and sore, so I we have came to the conclusion that he pulled his hamstring and he's putting weight on his front legs and that's what is causing them to be lame, I've never seen him this lame, Im getting a vet out tomorrow morning."

So the vet came out about an hour ago, she found an abscess in his front left and in his back foot, she did suggest that I have his feet checked out, she couldn't give him bute, be cause he has bad allergies to it :( So what should I do (considering he can't have bute) for his pain?, He's on stall rest for a week, she said if I have not seen improvement that she will come out again, It's like he can not put his heal down on his back foot. Luckily his goofiness has not gone away Should I wrap his front legs to help give him some support (Along with his remaining non-lame back leg) the vet was very vague, I might go get a second opinion. So what should I do for his pain, and Should I wrap his Front legs and other back leg for support?

All answers will be appreciated!
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    04-04-2012, 11:49 AM
Are you soaking his feet to help draw out the abscesses? I don't think wrapping his legs would matter or even help. Keep him on deep soft bedding & soak. Or you could use a drawing poultice. Did the vet indicate where the abscesses are likely to erupt?

"she did suggest that I have his feet checked out" What does this mean? Checked out by who? She has just checked them
    04-04-2012, 11:55 AM
Originally Posted by natisha    
Are you soaking his feet to help draw out the abscesses? I don't think wrapping his legs would matter or even help. Keep him on deep soft bedding & soak. Or you could use a drawing poultice. Did they vet indicate where the abscesses are likely to erupt?
She said both are them are located in the middle of his soles, and they would likely erupt in the sole, I am going out in about 2 hours to soak his feet, but whats really worrying me is that On his back leg he can't put his heel down, which leads me to think that he pulled something, I wouldn't really think anything about it if his hoof was on the ground but he is almost walking on his toe, he has had a history of lameness due to his coffin bone, and he had never propped his leg up like that.
    04-04-2012, 01:03 PM
Just because he wont put his heel down doesnt mean he pulled something my gelding had a abcess last summer. He would not put any weight on the heel and was limping and walking on his toe. So it very well could be a abcess id soak his affected hoofs wont hurt anything.
    04-04-2012, 01:10 PM
When my gelding had an abcess he was very 'toey' would not put his weight on his heel at all and was dead lame the first two days.
    04-04-2012, 05:39 PM
He was much better after I soaked his feet, I walked him around a lot and its gotten better. I so agree on if horses don't put their heel down that it could be something worse... It just was the first thing that really came to mind, after pondering it and talking to someone it finally hit me that it could just be the abscess. But I'm going to keep up his soaking and walking around. Thanks guys!
    04-04-2012, 05:40 PM
"she did suggest that I have his feet checked out" What does this mean? Checked out by who? She has just checked them[/QUOTE]

By my trimmer, I know it really made no since to me either, that's why I'm going to get a second opinion even if it isn't needed just in case.
    04-04-2012, 05:45 PM
I have a couple of questions. Why didn't the Vet apply any sort of drawing salve and wrap the affected hooves? Is your horse able to take Banamine? And why didn't the Vet suggest this? You should go get some icthamal or other form of hoof packing , rolled cotton, vet wrap , and duct tape , and wrap the affected feet. Have you ever done this? If not perhaps your trainer could show you how.

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