My gelding somehow injured himself on Sunday. He was fine Sunday morning, but come Sunday afternoon, I noticed that he was limping... not too too badly, just limping. I checked him over... no swelling, no heat, nothing. Figured that it couldnít be that bad since there were no signs of injury besides the limping, and put him back up.
Iíve checked on him daily and noticed that heís gotten a lot worse. Now he can hardly walk and can hardly put any pressure on his injured leg without almost buckling. When he walks, he limps so badly that itís kinda scary to watch because youíd think he were falling down every now and then. He got in the stall behind the barn and it took me about half an hour to get him out the other day because thereís a piece of wood at the bottom about twelve inches high that he needed to step over and his back leg couldnít support him long enough for him to get his front legs over it.
I just got back from the vets office a little while ago. I got some bute for my boy, but the woman said that if he isnít any better in a week, Iíll need to get a vet out to check him over because it could be something really serious, and not just a really bad sprain. My boyís on 1 gram of bute twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
I think the injury is in his pastern, because heís holding it straight down and is literally walking on the tip of his hoof when he walks, but my neighbor thinks that it could be in his stifle or hock, though...
Thereís still almost no swelling (the only way I can tell that itís swollen a little is if I get down and stare at his legs for a few minutes... thereís not much swelling at all) and thereís barely any heat in the leg (I can barely tell when I feel of it).
Any help? Opinions? Iím at a loss and am really worried... especially since heís just getting worse.
Pics: (in the pics, the way heís holding his leg, thatís how he has it constantly [unless heís holding it in the air] and thatís pretty much how heís walking on it)
Note: The bute I gave my boy just a while ago seems to be helping just a teeny bit... not much, but enough to let him walk without looking like heís falling down with every step he takes. But heís still limping really bad, and will take a few steps then just stop, like it hurts so bad that he canít go on.