Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
It could just be a sprain...check for swelling at/right above the fetlock, especially on the outside, but I have seen this without any noticeable swelling, too.
Our young mares wind up with a sprain once or twice every year from playing around and our youngest mare just recovered from one (and she had no noticeable swelling). They do bear weight on it, and usually continue to want to walk and even want to run around.
Just like a sprained ankle, the 2nd and 3rd day day are usually seem to be the worst, and we treat them the same way....3 to 5 days of stall or small paddock rest to keep them from running around too much and alternate ice or cold hosing 2 or 3 times day for any swelling and linament. We'll then wrap it and start walking them in hand for short distances for a couple days and then let them back out with the others and remove the wrap after they are back to normal. In 2 weeks or less they are back to normal, and we'll start riding again after 3 weeks just to make sure they are fully healed.
Many people give bute for the pain, but we've found that the better they feel, the more they want to run, and it takes winds up taking longer to heal, though it is painful (for us) to see them almost hobbling around at times.
If they didn't start to look better, or if they starting getting noticeably worse after 5 or so days, though, I would call a vet since it could be other things, too.
Hope it something simple.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.