Haven't updated lately because I've just been busy with other things but since she came up lame the first time, back in march she had been rested in the pasture. As of Sunday she has taken a bad turn and is worse. We are in the area of northeast Arkansas that has had flooding although we weren't affected by flood waters, the pasture stayed sloppy though so both horses have some thrush and there was no way around that.
Friday night we had some cousins come over because they had to be evacuated and that evening Chanti wasn't sore at all. She was moving out without a limp, appeared energetic, so I figured it would be ok to saddle her up and let my younger cousin ride, at a walk, for just a little bit.
As we were saddling her, her right front leg would buckle a little and she was swishing her tail a lot but didn't seem to be agitated. Hubby got on first, rode her at a walk and she was fine. Little cousin got on, I led her at a walk and Chanti kept trying to walk past me, she didn't want to stand still, seemed antsy and that isn't normal behavior for her. So after just 10 minutes we ended the ride.
There was no heat, no swelling. Saturday morning she was sore at a trot so we didn't ride her. Sunday it was raining again so we didn't mess with them and yesterday the horses were behind the pond and my husband found her standing in a little creek that was flowing out and her right front leg was between two little branches. I don't know if she slipped in and got stuck or just happened to step down like that on her own and was eating the little bushes there. There was heat towards the back of the knee, about an inch above her chestnut and to me it looks like there's some very slight swelling starting there and going down to her knee.
She stands a lot of the time with her right front extended out, heel slightly raised a little and when she walks she lands toe first then heel but she's very careful about it. I can pick up that leg, stretch it forward, back,etc and she doesn't resist at all but if I pick up her left leg the right leg starts to buckle.
I cold hosed the leg for about 10-15 mins today, applied Thermaflex liniment then put her sport boots on her because last time it seemed to help. I had 3 doses of Bute left so gave her 1 g.
The only thing I know is to cold hose it, apply the liniment and rest her. All I have is pasture, no stall, and something or someone has been spooking them so they've been running at night so that isn't helping anything.
Just so ready to have a horse to ride again!