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post #1 of 11 Old 12-15-2008, 03:05 AM Thread Starter
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I went out to ride Candy yesterday and as I was about to jump on she began limping on her front fright leg. She has no cuts and her feet seem fine, I checked and rechecked her hoof. She's barefoot and has been all her life. I lead her around and in some strides she seems to walk normally again but then she limps on it for a few strides, like its sore to walk on. She stands on it okay and doesn't seem to be favoring any of her legs, it's just when she walks and it seems to be worse after she has been standing for a while.

I checked her again today and she is no better, infact she seemed a little worse but I can't be sure.

I'm new to horse ownership and have little to no experience in dealing with lame horses! What should I do? Let her rest in the paddock untill her leg heals up?

I believe she might have been kicked by another horse and is a bit sore however she is the dominant mare in her paddock and the other horses no not to mess with her!

I'm 17 and supporting her all by myself, and at this point I don't think its nescisary to call out a vet which I really cannot afford.

Any help would be greatly apreciated [=
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-15-2008, 05:51 AM
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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.

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post #3 of 11 Old 12-15-2008, 09:08 AM
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could be a sprain or could be an abcess.

did the soreness just come on all of a sudden? and getting progressively worse?
you might have your trimmer/farrier out to check - they are a lot cheaper than a vet

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post #4 of 11 Old 12-15-2008, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feedback guys; I didn't mention she has a small pinkish mark on the sole of the sore hoof - I didn't think much of it although maybe its a bruise? Could this lead to lameness?

PHM: A great point about the bute, i'll be out to check on her today and hopefully shes getting a little better, if not ill leave her for a few more days and call the vet, actually, perhaps the farrier? Thanks kickshaw!
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Abscess? - Heal Horse Hoof Abcesses Quickly

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post #6 of 11 Old 12-16-2008, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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I had her previous owner take a look at her this afternoon and she has been diagnosed with a stone bruise on the sole of her hoof, Now that I think about it she has showed some soreness there before, but its been very subtle. I small trip etc. It is very close to the surface and that pinkish mark that I found IS a bruise.

Thanks for the link Joshie, if the bruise develops into an abscese and doesn't drain I will call for the farrier/vet to come out and drain it. Hopefully she will heal up without any problems.
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I wish I would have checked earlier.. LOL.. after your first post I wondered if she just happened to either get a rock wedged in her foot or maybe just bruised her cusion a little! Glad to hear you got it resolved!

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if she has a pink mark on her white hoof then its possibly a stone bruise. nothing to worry about unless it has turned into an abcess. i would suggest a farrier visit to start with :) abcesses often end up as blow outs which can be pretty nasty. my wb has just gotten over a blowout that came out through the bulb on his heel and he was out of commision for 12 weeks because of it. blowouts can be nasty or not it all depends but i would get it checked out.

in case you dont know, blowout = an abcess that works its way to the top of the hoof and bursts for want of a better word through the wall of the hoof or the coronet band or the heel as in my wb's case

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The first thing that came to mind for me too was absess. But I really don't know. I would get your farrier out. Don't keep her in a stall though, she might get stocked up. Refrain from riding her either, until she's completely better. It could also be a bruise as well. I'm not really sure about absesses and bruises though, because I've never really dealt with them. I hope everything turns out okay for Candy. Keep us updated!

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post #10 of 11 Old 12-17-2008, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks alot guys, I'm fairly sure its definately a stone bruise thats sore because its surfacing. Do these bruises always turn into abscess'? If so how do I know? And what can be done about it? Should I call the vet out to drain it etc?
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