I'm hoping this is either simple or related to the reason we had the vet out less than a week ago... AAH! It's never ending with this horse right now!
(reason for vet being out was because he come up lame in the right front. Discovered that was a sole bruise/hoof abscess, so he is still wrapped up for that)
I'll try to make a long story short over the few days.. Here goes...
-Day before Yesterday(I think), put Mitch in concrete yard for about an hour (changing hoof dressing), that was fine he just stood there.
-Then put him into a small drier paddock, that was fine, he just grazed for a while.
-Put him into a bigger paddock for the night, where he was quite excited and was running around like a loony, but he was still fine, so obvioulsy the hoof wasn't bothering him.
-Yesterday: Went out to de-cover and found horse running round like loony and had ripped off hoof dressing (
) and plugged hoof up with mud(
).. cleaned that out with iodine/sponge, re-wrapped and poulticed, but this time put inner tube over hoof and taped it up (made sure it wasn't too tight!)
-He then continued to run round like a loony once I had finished, hoof can't have been bothering him.
-Went out that afternoon to put covers back on, and he is limping severly off the right front. Hoof is not sore to touch where bruising was, but front of cannon and right side of it was quite swollen, no heat though.
-Took off tape from hoof and redid to make sure it was no fault of mine(circulation etc and definitely was not tight!)
-Today: this morning, still limping, but not as bad(seems fine while grazing and stepping, but not while just walking). Swelling has gone down mostly (was cold wind/rain last night, may have helped?)
-This afternoon, limping badly again, swelling has not re-appeared yet though.
~~ I hope that wasn't too long, but I'm really hoping he just stepped funny while being an idiot in the paddock... I have never, ever, seen that horse move that fast... Ever! And he is a 7yo tb(was raced), who has previously bowed the tendon in the right front(before I got him).. But seeing as the swelling is over the front of the cannon... PLEASE tell me he hasn't wrecked his tendon again!
Seeing as there is no heat to it, and he still has an appetite etc, still his normal self apart from being obviously sore in that leg, is there anything I can do to help him out.
~ If it's any help, it's winter here and the mud just goes on forever right now sadly.
Thankyou to anybody that read all, or even part of that! I'm just so frustrated, this will now be the 3rd time he has come up lame within the past 2-3 months and I'm starting to tear my hair out over it.
1st: Abscess, LF
2nd: Sole bruise/abcess, RF
3rd: Whatever this is.