Daughter took in three "rescue" horses - we have the first two safely here and will pick up the third in a few days - as soon as we can figure out how to get the stupid spitfire to load without killing someone. He's a real sweetie, until he gets near the trailer.
One of the horses here is supposed to be around four years old. He had an accident about a year ago - got his foot caught in a stirrup while pitching a hissy fit. Result, from what I am told, was a "stretched tendon," whatever that means.
At this time, I can see no swelling, there is no heat - nothing that looks immediately alarming...but. His hocks are so clicky! There is no way he could sneak up on you - you can hear him coming from thirty feet away!
Do I need to put him on a joint supplement, or is the clickyness something else? Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?
(Rescue - these horses came from a relative of daughter's husband. He's unemployed and had no $$ for feed - and waited until it was almost too late to ask for help. The horses look like walking skeletons - or at least they would if they didn't have their winter coats. Poor things couldn't even eat very much the first few days they were here. We just gave them a little, several times a day. They are now happily eating lots of hay and have learned that there is really neat stuff in those big tubs we take out to the pen!) We have consulted with a vet regarding their feeding and a worming schedule (good thing we asked first - didn't know not to use Ivermectin on a weakened horse). Their overall health appears to be okay - other than malnutrition. Vet will come out for bloodwork once we have all three in the same place, but neither he nor we are expecting anything out of the ordinary.