Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Looks like the same thing our very playful mare does when the weather changes, it's muddy, and she runs around like a barrel racer...similar to a wrenched/twisted/sprained ankle for us (she's done this to both fore and hind legs in the past).
We alternate cold hosing/ice packs/bucket of ice water and liniment 3 times a day for 2 days to reduce the swelling + stall rest in a double stall for 3 to 5 days to limit her mobility.
After that, we wrap it and let her into a paddock for another 3 to 5 days to keep her from running around (too much) and keep an eye on her. If the limp starts to get worse, back in the stall for another day.
Usually the second and third day are the worst until the swelling really starts to go down.
We don't use bute, because it will make her feel too good, she'll want to run around, and it takes longer to heal (but many people do, and it is very painful for us to see her hobbling around).
Once she's back to walking pretty well and it's wrapped (usually after a week), we'll start walking her in hand for short distances (1/4-1/2 mile) to start working it, and we're back to riding her after 2 weeks.
If we were to not see improvement after 3 days, though, we probably would get x-rays, but luckily, that hasn't been the case.
Hope that's all it is.
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