Join Date: May 2009
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I bought a yearling Appaloosa stud colt July 23, made a post about him in the pictures section! He was nearly untouched, had a halter on when he was put in his paddock but was uncatchable when he slipped it off in May/June! Anyway, we went out to see him lastnight (MacabreMikolaj and I) and after a couple thungerstorms his paddock was a mess and my questionable bay was nearly black...we took him to the washrack hoping to just get his legs but he was amazingly relaxed so full body rinse off and into a stall - picked him up today, he was limping. At first I thought it was the rocks in the driveway hurting his newly trimmed feet and MM felt his legs, nothing obvious...
Went out at midnight to do a final headcount tonight and he has a soft, warm lump of a swelling on his left hind hock. Not the whole joint, just a squishy bump on the outside between the back bulb of the hock and the outside bone...don't know how else to explain it and can't get a picture til morning.
I don't recall him limping when we bathed him and we used our hands to rub him down, but he went straight to his stall after scraping off the excess water and we picked him up today limping with no noticable swelling. There was nothing in his stall other than a hanging bucket of water, another hanging bucket for grain, and a hay rack on the wall. There was a small bucket on the floor actually, the chore kid was probably timid to go in with him...but less than 24 hours in a stall, and he's not stocked up, just a lump.
I've been blessed with hearty, healthy and sound horses all my life so this is new to me! I'll be sure to get a couple pictures online tomorrow by noon-ish...
Thanks for the help and sorry for rambling!
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