My young gelding Luca is a hardy horse and not really a drama 'queen'.
But when I went to groom him yesterday afternoon I noticed that he was limping- quite badly. He had his left back hoof in the AlR, or resting the tip of the hoof on the ground. When he walks, he only takes weight on the very tip of his hoof, making him limp. I lifted the leg and prodded and pushed it everywhere, and Luca didn't even care! No pain or discomfort...eek also picked that good and examined it...nothing. I really squeezed that leg EFERYWHERE even behind the fetlock joint, literally everywhere..
but as soon as I led him a bit, he starts to limp again. When he grazes or eats his feed, he sometimes takes all the weight on that hoof, setting it on the ground just like his other hooves...this morning I noticed that his limping looks worse but he's been putting a lot more weight on the hoof when he's feeding. What can I do though to help him get better when I don't even know what's up? Maybe he his hoof hurts from inside, because I found that giant rock on his paddock, right on that little path that Luca always walks on to travel to the big patch of grass. Maybe he stepped on that? It happened to a mare I once took care of, she stepped on a rock and limped, with no swellings or hotness on the hoof or leg, but that horse was a drama queen...what can I do?????