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  • My horse was fine this monrning and dead lame tonight
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    11-21-2012, 03:00 PM
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Weanling
Unhappy Horse is lame but there's nothing wrong!?

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?????
     
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    11-21-2012, 03:10 PM
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We have a gelding who's the same way in terms of being a "drama queen." However, when he starts doing this, we know an abscess is brewing. The first and second times it happened (years ago), we had the vet and the farrier out and neither one could find anything wrong using hoof testers, etc. A couple days later, he was dead lame and then an abscess blew. Abscesses can be very tricky. So whenever he gets gimpy now, we start soaking the hoof and keeping it wrapped with an Animalintex pad on it.

When he gets suddenly lame, we've found it has ALWAYS been an abscess causing the problem.
     
    11-21-2012, 03:10 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Oh, there's something wrong, you just don't know what it is yet. He could have an abscess or any number of things going on. He needs a vet.
     
    11-21-2012, 03:15 PM
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Personally, if I were you I would call your farrier, because it could be a stone bruise or abscess, or a stone bruise that has abscessed. You could try soaking the hoof in epsom salts and warm/hot water (but not too hot obviously) and see if it makes a difference.

The reason I say farrier over vet for this particular lameness, is because you have noted no problems with the leg itself, so my guess would have to be the hoof, and IMO the average farrier deals with a lameness better than a vet, and costs less too. Who is your farrier?

I can't remember exactly where you are, but my farrier is Bruce Bryan, who unfortunately for me now lives up in Hamilton and does horses there (I'm just lucky enough he comes back down every 6 weeks or so for his clients down here) I have never had a lame horse while using him, and every abscess I've had has been fixed just like that with him, he's really good.
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    11-24-2012, 05:51 AM
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Weanling
Kk I just checked on him tonight and he's now absolutely fine!! Kinda weird, I checked his leg again, nothing...idk what that was.. oh well, im glad that he's back to his old self
     
    11-24-2012, 11:08 AM
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kk I just checked on him tonight and he's now absolutely fine!! Kinda weird, I checked his leg again, nothing...idk what that was.. oh well, im glad that he's back to his old self
That seems like even more evidence to support an abscess... the "all of a sudden better" symptom.
     
    11-24-2012, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher5    
kk I just checked on him tonight and he's now absolutely fine!! Kinda weird, I checked his leg again, nothing...idk what that was.. oh well, im glad that he's back to his old self
In that case, check his coronet band for any little ruptures, and when you next pick out that hoof, clean it right out, like brush it with a hoof brush till you can see the colour of the hoof shine through any dust. My boy ruptured an abscess a few weeks ago and I never noticed it until I was picking out the heel end of his hoof and this black tar looking goop burst out of his heel bulb towards me. Your farrier will be able to tell you at the next trim if it was an abscess as it often leaves a mark on the area that gets trimmed off, or shows the hole in the actual hoof once it has been trimmed.
     
    11-25-2012, 01:11 AM
  #8
Weanling
Oh okay, I will do that. And also, his next trim is in three days, so the farrier willl hopefully see if there was an abscess. Thanks!!
     
    11-26-2012, 03:28 AM
  #9
Weanling
Today I found it. An abscess near the fetlock joint. It's all squishy and clear stuff is coming out of it, but not too much. Luca is walking and trotting just fine so I think the worst is over! And the farrier is coming tomorrow so he can give some advice to help the squishy stuff go away!
     
    11-26-2012, 03:31 AM
  #10
Weanling
Oh and it's popped already...that's why the stuff is coming out..it's clear but kinda yellowish, looks like apple juice Now I'm just waiting for the squishy stuff to go away. Does anyone know how to speed this progress up? Not that I have no time to look after Luca. Just so he can be comfortable :) although he already is...oh well. Any advice in how to keep it clean will be appreciated. Or do I just need to wash it with a sponge?
     

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