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    04-24-2010, 03:09 AM
  #1
Yearling
head bob/lameness?

About a week ago, I noticed a little lump on my horse's ankle. It wasn't there before that, and it is soft. I am waiting to show my riding instructor tommorow and ask her about it.

Yesterday, as I was riding her.. when she trotted, I noticed that her head kept bobbing, and her trot felt awkward, kind of like a faint limping feeling.

I got off her, and tried to trot her inhand, but she wouldnt trot, she normally does.

I can't really see a headbob while she walks, she just naturally walks like that.

Is it possible that she could be lame in one her legs? Maybe to do with the lump on her ankle?

I have a lesson tommorow, so I am not sure If I will be able to ride her in it..
     
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    04-24-2010, 03:20 AM
  #2
Yearling
Poor baby!

Have your trainer look at it for sure, you might need to call the vet out for an exam. I'm sure someone here will know what to make of the lump but she might need to rest until she isn't as sore!

Dealing with lameness right now myself. Here are lots and lots of wellwishes going your way!!!
     
    04-24-2010, 03:38 AM
  #3
Yearling
The lump could be a wind gall. Though typically benign, they can indicate an area of irritation during a lameness. If I was giving that horse a lameness test, that's the first leg I'd look at. I would advise against riding her tomorrow, maybe ask your trainer to lunge her and see what she says.
     
    04-24-2010, 01:04 PM
  #4
Yearling
Thanks so much for your replies! The bump on her ankle, isn't really swelling, its like a circular growth kind of thing?
My lesson is later tonight, so I think I will go there this morning to check it out and if the trainer is there, ask her about it.

The only problem is, that my instructor is really busy on the weekends, and will probably have lessons right up until mine, I am supposed to be tacked up and everything...

Also, I can't tell if she is still lame on it, if she is not trotting. I could possibly get my mom to trot her for me on the lead line to see if she is still doing it. Its kinda hard to tell while riding, cause I can't see her leg.

I hope she is all right, I don't mind missing the lesson, but I don't know how to see if she is still lame on it.

Maybe if no one is there this morning, I could lunge her in the arena..

Thanks!
     
    04-24-2010, 01:35 PM
  #5
Yearling
If she's lame and hurting she probably shouldn't be riding in a lesson as it might make it worse or at least cause her to be in pain.

If I were you I probably would get her groomed but not tacked up and wait for the trainer. I'd assume that the lesson for the day would either be canceled or focused on lameness.

I'd also probably call my vet and ask over the phone what he/she thinks I should do.
     
    04-24-2010, 06:03 PM
  #6
Yearling
Okay, well I went there earlier today, and she seemed fine. I lunged her, she didnt bob her head and I couldn't really tell if it hurt, but it didn't seem like it.

I will ask my trainer about the lump on her leg, and see if its anything. And, when I do my lesson, she will let me know if it looks like something is wrong.

I don't think anything is anymore though, it doesnt really seem to bother her.

Although, on the same leg as the lump, in her hoof, beside the frog, there is a greyish clayyish stuff on it. Only when I scrape at it though. Its not founder, cause that's tar stuff on the frog, its in the hoof and greyish coloring, but that is the only hoof that has it, and it kinda stinks?
     
    04-24-2010, 07:41 PM
  #7
Trained
[quote=horseluver50;614175]Okay, well I went there earlier today, and she seemed fine. I lunged her, she didnt bob her head and I couldn't really tell if it hurt, but it didn't seem like it.[quote]

Head-bobbing, limping lameness generally indicates something pretty acute. Horses, being prey animals are good at not showing gait abnormality or lameness until it's too severe to ignore. As for not being sure when you were riding, sounds like it was pretty obvious to you, but you just have to pay attention & trust what you're feeling.

'Bump' on the leg does sound like a possible windgall. Could be the start of joint probs due to toe-first impacts(get your trainer to watch & tell you if she lands heel- or toe-first. Or could be an insect bite or nothing. Without more info, can't say, as with the lameness.

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Although, on the same leg as the lump, in her hoof, beside the frog, there is a greyish clayyish stuff on it. Only when I scrape at it though. Its not founder, cause that's tar stuff on the frog, its in the hoof and greyish coloring, but that is the only hoof that has it, and it kinda stinks?
I'm presuming you're talking about dead sole material that hasn't worn away. If it stinks, her feet may be thrushy - which I think you mean by 'tar stuff on the frog'. Thrush generally effects the frogs, but can also get into gunky soles & into separated laminae(white line disease). And BTW, while WLD frequently goes along with founder, it is not in the least the definition of it.

Sounds like you & your horse would benefit from you learning a bit about hooves & soundness. I think it's in everyone's best interests - especially our horses - if people do their own homework and learn what they can about subjects such as hoof care & health, rather than just trusting whatever 'experts' we may employ. On that note, you'll learn a lot at hoofrehab.com & barefoothorse.com for starters.
     
    04-25-2010, 12:25 AM
  #8
Yearling
Thanks for the help! My trainer is an asst. Vet, so we found out what it was. I forget what the lump was called, it was a strange name :S It is just filled with liquidy stuff, that she said would go down by itself.

We put a bandage on it, and will not ride her for a few days to see how it is.
She said that when she lifts up that leg, when riding, she lifts and kinda flicks it. She said it is not sore, but it is bothering her and it feels awkward.

So yeah, she isn't lame.. thank goodness!
     

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