Drifter is very sore in the area between his flank and stifle.
That might actually still be his flank? I am not completely 100% certain on my horse body terminology, so if I am not using the proper term please forgive me.
He is not stiff or lame in the leg at all. SLIGHT swelling.But he if you start to rub your hand towards the area he becomes agitated. Will flick/swish his tail at you when you reach his flank and will cow kick if you touch his stifle.
I called the vet (I swear they must recognize the sound of my voice now with all the issues he's been having) and just spoke to a Dr over the phone. I do not have the money to pay for an emergency visit since its the weekend. $200 just to be seen...WHAT?!?!
Anyways, vet said this could be a possible kick area since Drifter is still picked on quite a bit in his herd. There are about 15 other horses out there (maybe a little more) and he is the lowest of the low. He is 24/7 turnout and the pasture is 40 acres. The herd does a pretty big rotation throughout the day and will gallop up to the gate in the morning and evening hours. As I mentioned, Drifter is not acting lame or stiff at all and the vet said I could leave him out or put him in a stall at my whim but is there one that yall would prefer?
Is there something else I should ask them to check for when he gets his other tests done on monday? What else could cause a sudden painful stifle injury? It is only on this one side. His other stifle and flank area are fine. You can rub all over them
I swear. if you ever feel like you have too much money in your bank account and dont know what to do with it...buy a horse