Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Take everything with a grain of salt OP. Horses are not only for the rich and well off.
Okay so back to the injury.
It is hard to help with a hoof/leg injury when it cannot be seen. My horse also has a *slight* limp, a permanent one, probably from an old injury. However, it doesn't bother him and he still runs like the wind. I found a supplement helped him.
He did, just last week, develop a weird (other than the normal) limp, so I did my usual, checked for swelling and heat, had someone else walk him to see where the problem was, and then determined whether it was vet worthy, or just a sprain, similar to when we twist an ankle.
I determined, after my own assessment and when talking to other knowlegable people, that I would hold off on the vet and wait to see if he got better. He had a slightly swollen leg, with slight heat, so I gave him time off from work (previously had been working him every day at the w/t/c)
He did get better on his own. I checked him often, and within a day or so, the swelling was gone and he was back to normal. I started him lightly back into work, checking his progress, and he continues to be sound now.
So my point is, try to find heat, swelling, or painful areas. Then come back and ask us again. It may be something simple, and doesn't mean the horse is going to suffer indefintiely.
Also, did the weather change recently? My horse has developed slight arthritis from his injury, and thus when it gets cold or rainy, he is more stiff.
Please keep us posted!
** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **