My 9yr old gelding has a hard lump on the inside of his right ankle. He had injured this leg when he was young and, for most of his life, has had this lump. However, it seems to me it has gotten bigger. I could just be imagining things though. I've had a few people tell me it is nothing to worry about since I am not going to do any heavy work with him, but I am curious as to what it is. I'm going to have another vet out when his shots are due to check it out as well. Has anyone seen anything like this? (picture below)
He has alway been a little unbalanced in one direction. We've been working on this in lessons. Though I can't help but wonder if training is not the only reason.
I may have to have one done on him, but I was more curious as to whether or not anyone has seen anything like this before.
His hooves very well could have him unbalanced at the moment but it is not what I am referring to. He has had this issue all his life and it could be a variety of things. Training, me neglecting one side, or even the lump. His hoof conditions are a newer factor that is being taken care of.
Many years ago I had a mare with one on her knee and it got to the point she could not bend her leg very much at all. The only treatment back in those days was to have it scraped off and then the chances of it coming right back was very high so they didn't really recommend the surgery. That was a consultation with the Purdue University Vet School.
If that is what is on your gelding's ankle it will probably be something he can live with, but I have no clue how it will effect his soundness. I'd really want a vet's opinion. Hopefully they've made some advances in that area in the last 27 years.
That seems likely. I believe that is what a vet suggested it was a while back. Though he merely glanced at it. I'll have to have someone look at it more thoroughly. It would be amazing if there was some cure for whatever is going on.
My main fear though is that I'd like to jump in the future and I wonder if it would cause more harm. If so, I suppose I'd just keep him as a trail horse. Which would be alright with me.
Thanks for the help. I have an appointment with my vet for an examination and X-rays. I hope all goes well but I am not working him at all in the meantime until I know for sure that it is not going to do further harm.
P.S. Since some of you were worried for his hooves- below is a picture of what the look like currently. He had a large crack in one of his front hooves going up almost halfway. They are a work in progress. And is also being put on a hoof hardener.
FWIW my first horse had a similar lump. It was called an osselot and another name for it is arthritis. He had limited flexion of that fetlock joint but it was old and cold. He won a 30 mile competitive trail ride with that on his leg. The next year he was conditioned for the same ride +5 miles. At the prevet exam the vet did a flexion test on that fetlock joint and he trotted off unsound. This horse would have been FINE on the trail.. and the young vet who did this was entirely out of line as the joint was cold and the horse was sound (until he over flexed the joint!).
Took my horse two days to over come the heat in his fetlock joint and travel sound. He never took another lame step in his life.
Of course, some things I could not do with him. I did not jump him and I did not run or trot him down hills or on hard ground. He had a wonderful hind leg structure and while he was long in the back with a steep shoulder, I did train him to some of the higher level dressage moves. He did 1 tempe changes and a small levade. LOL
Have the vet Xray and check it. If it is COLD and he is sound he is probably good to go.. but IMO if you can get Xrays and be better informed that is better for you and the horse.
Back in those days with my horse the only Xray the vets had for horses was a portable unit. Often this was broken. I would have had to ship him to a University or race track to get xrays.
Since he was sound (other than after that flexion test) and the leg was cold, the vet suggested to just use him and call if there was a problem.
He was shod because I rode him every day for many miles on both paved and dirt roads as well as trails. I had him for 16 years. He lived to be 26 when a stifle injury (tear of the medial co-lateral ligament) caused me to put him down.
Thank you so much for sharing your story, Elana! It defiantly gives me some hope. Luckily, he has never had any soundness issues until recently. His back leg was swollen but it has since healed. I've never felt any heat from that leg either. It is cold and hard and he has had it as long as I can remember. Though who knows what a trained eye will see.
I had planned on doing light jumping but I wouldn't mind keeping him as a trail/pleasure horse if I have to. My husband is getting out of the military in a couple years so we'll be able to have our own place which means I can get another horse with a better range of capabilities. :)
Impatient to find out what the vet says and the x-rays show. Until then he is just going to get a lot of grooming and lovin'. Though, I'm tempted to lunge since he is getting on the chunky side. Lol
Lunging is tough on fetlock joints.. so I suggest you NOT do that. You could ground drive him.. and it is a wonderful way to get out and around with your horse. I ground drove young horses for miles.. and boy I was in GREAT shape!
There are also Long Lining techniques you can do from the ground.. just be careful of turning in a circle that is as small as a lunging circle at anything past a walk.