Horse looks lame. Possible arthritis?
So saga continues... After month off because of abscess in a front hoof (when she was noticeably lame even on walk) we started riding slowly again, and all the sudden my qh looked off in her left hind on trot (on walk she looked just fine). I blamed it on too short trim and ground being hard (as I had it happened in a past with both horses), so gave her 2 weeks off (to grow toe/walls back). Started riding lightly again a week before the last one, and yesterday she again was off when we started to trot (I got off and took her back right away).
By "off" I mean she does very short step under her on a trot, without extending the leg fully. And again, it's just trot, walk seems to be OK.
I called farrier this morning, described the symptoms, and he doesn't think it's abscess. He thinks it's a hock, possibly arthritis. Does it sound like one? I have no experience with arthritis, so not even sure what to look for.
Vet is already scheduled for Wed (and I did mention to staff we may need x-ray since it may not be an abscess).
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Last edited by kitten_Val; 09-16-2013 at 11:08 AM.