So Bailey is around 7-10 years old. She's a school horse, so I have no authority to call a vet.
She has been lame for a month, but beyond my knowledge she hasn't been ridden since the late spring.
I am pretty sure it's her right hind leg that's bothering her, but I am not sure what the problem is. Obviously a vet would be the ideal situation, but I asked my trainer if a vet would be called and she said no, as she isn't used anyways and there's no treatment other than stall rest most probably.
Today I went to the barn, and this is what I noticed.
-So despite not finishing all her grain from this mroning (there was a bit left), her appetite for hay is fine.
-When I came into her stall, she was reluctant to move much, but when I took her out it was better.
-I felt her legs all over, but there was no heat or swelling.
I then took her out for a walk to the round pen, and she just seemed so happy to be out, she started actually walking more freely and stretching her bad leg out more. Still limping, but walking much more easily. Don't know if it was enthusiasm, the fact that there was more room to move than the barn, or a bit of both.
-When in the round pen, I clucked her a bit seeing if she would go to a trot, and to my amazement, she did. I barely pushed her. I take that as a good sign, seeing as a few weeks ago she walked real slow to the paddock when I brought her out with the other horses.
-After bringing her back, I put her in her stall and felt her legs all over again. There was no sign of pain or discomfort that I could see when I felt her canon bones. I pressed harder, but everything seemed even and she didn't flinch. I started touching behind her pasterns, and she did whack her tail then, but there were a lot of flies around. A slight amount of heat (like really small) behind her pastern, but it was the same on all her legs, so I'm supposing that's normal seeing as she has feathers covering that area.
Thank you for looking/reading. I greatly appreciate it. She's well fed and has a nice comfy stall, but whenever a horse get's lame at my barn, the vet is only called if it's rather serious and it's one of the used school horses. So as she isn't really ridden, the vet wasn't called (because I'm sad to say, since no one really rides her, no one cares much. They are all absorbed in taking care of the other school horses they ride). It's pretty much up to us riders to do all the caretaking. :( The barn owner doesn't fulfill his responsibilities, and it's my trainer who manages most things. He's extremely difficult to contact she told me. At one point he all together forgot to make appointments with the farrier for the horses feet, so she took over and started doing them herself to make sure he came no more than every 8 weeks.
I've read enough posts like this one to understand that a vet is what is needed to find out her problem, that even with videos and pictures it's really difficult for you to conclude what the issue is, but I am asking only that you use your knowledge and previous experience to maybe help me figure out what might be wrong in your opinion, so I can try to figure out what to do to help her get better over the months.
I was thinking water therapy with warm water (not cold since there is no swelling), to help the blood flow and rebuilding of whatever might be wrong.
-Short walks to get her moving and stop her from getting stiff. (Also for her mental health). ;)
Thank you again.
Bailey lame 2 - YouTube
Bailey lame 1 - YouTube