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  • My horse is limping badly

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    05-05-2010, 08:58 AM
Green Broke
Thanks I too hope he is okay. He throws shoes when its muddy mostly or when he just about needs new shoes (not sure if this is helpful but I am just giving more detail.) . As I mentioned above the heat felt to be in the fetlock (although it was very faint). I am going out to check on him again soon so I will update with what I know.
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    05-05-2010, 09:14 AM
It's not out of the ordinary for a horse to sprain a leg in a muddy or even a wet pasture but it is better to be safe. As your experience broadens, you will not need to call a vet every time your horse goes off, but that come with experience and time.

When I had a vet out early in my horse ownership, I asked as many questions as I could so that I would be more prepared the next time - that wa sway before the internet!
    05-05-2010, 09:18 AM
Green Broke
So I just went out and checked him it was pouring rain and I did not want to risk asking him to move incase he slipped but what I could go by was that there is no swelling (still) the heat seems to be there still but slighlt less (although his legshappened to be damp from the rain) as much as I tried to dry them off. He seems settled and not distressed. He is just standind around in his rug resting it slightly. I tried to bother him as little as possible but I made sure I did yet another really good job of his feet. The vet said that if he is settled to try and leave him be as much as possible and that she will be out in the afternoon (but if someone cancles)ends early she will come and see him straight away. Overall his condition seems to be he same. I will most likely update again through out the night. But if anyone does have any advice or suggestions on what it might be. Please do not hesitate to suggest it. To those who have already offered advice I have taken great notice of it and I am very thankful.
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    05-05-2010, 09:23 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
It's not out of the ordinary for a horse to sprain a leg in a muddy or even a wet pasture but it is better to be safe. As your experience broadens, you will not need to call a vet every time your horse goes off, but that come with experience and time.

When I had a vet out early in my horse ownership, I asked as many questions as I could so that I would be more prepared the next time - that wa sway before the internet!
Thankyou for your advice I have noticed this with colic (he use to colic alot, even on non-colic stuff.) I noticed that every time he had signs of colic I could judge if he was just laying down or if he was actually sick. Of course the vet was still contaced and if I had any doughts the vet was oout. Can anyone give me an idea on how long he will be out of work with a sprain (not that that is the most important part too me)
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    05-05-2010, 10:11 AM
Wait I thought he was gone to a trainers?? Eh he will need 3days off once he becomes sound definitely then depending on ground surface and him maybe about 5 then bring him back in gently using common semse once he is sound is usually the best as each horse is different
    05-05-2010, 01:00 PM
Well things are not always as they seem.........I put one of my horses out on pasture last summer for a couple hours......when I took her out she had no problem walking when I brought her in she could barely walk to the point we thought maybe she had hurt her stifle, broke her hip.......called the vet immediately she came out and said it was an abcess....found a spot in her hoof that looked like and entry point for a foreign object.

It is entirely possible this it is an abcess.

Super Nova
    05-05-2010, 03:02 PM
Green Broke
Thankyou for the newest advice :) I played around with pressure all over the bottom of the foot and had no issues (not sure if he would react to this). The trainers had to be put on pause for reasons on behalf of the trainer. It is 4 am here, mum just went to check on him as I finally fell asleep apperantly he is still in the same condition although mum is unsure of what she is looking at. I am going out at 6 and I will try and give you a nice long, detailed update before I go to school. Mum said that he was generally relaxed and in a good contion stress wise. Although he was up near the feed shed (meaning he had moved from his pprevious position. ) this is good as he has walked on it and feels that its not too bad, that he can walk on it confidently.
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    05-05-2010, 03:27 PM
Because he moved does not mean much other than he is a horse and they are a prey animal and even when in pain they will move.

Is the vet still coming out?

Did you use hoof testers on his hoof when you were looking for sensitive spots or just your hands?
    05-05-2010, 04:01 PM
As was mentioned, it's most likely an abscess. Whenever a horse comes up mysteriously lame, most every horse owner/person I know will soak the hoof in warm water and epsom salt. If it is an abscess, he will not react to pressure from using your fingers to poke him. You need hoof testers.

If it's not an abscess, my next guess would be he stumbled and tweaked his fetlock. In that case, cold hose or ice it for the next day or two [remember, 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, 10 minutes on, etc, NOT thirty straight minutes] and give him some time off. When he's sound again, wait a few more days and then start him back in work.

I'm sure he'll be fine, but it's good to have the vet out anyway. As iride said, with time you'll learn when you need a vet and when you don't, but until then, it's best to call one out. =]
    05-05-2010, 04:02 PM
My horse with the abcess did not test positive with hoof testers.....her feet were too hard.

Super Nova

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