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post #1 of 2 Old 10-10-2011, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Lame or Not?

Recently, my horse got into a fight with a 17.1 draft cross. He is only a 15.2 Paint. He was lame on the left hind leg. The next day I went out and he was perfectly fine. Over the next few days he was fine, he was galloping in the field and trotting. I decided to start riding again and the day I went to get him out of the pasture (he was not turned out with any of the aggressive horses) I noticed his right hind leg seemed a little swollen. I asked the barn owner and my instructor what I should do, they felt his leg, there was no heat. My instructor said that light work out would be fine. I walked and trotted him a couple laps and he wasn't off at all. I get off and his swelling had gone down. Once I got him back to the cross ties and untacked he wasn't putting pressure on the right hind leg but once I walked him out of the cross ties he limped for two steps and then was perfectly fine! I have no idea what is going on! Has anyone had this happen? What should I do?! I looked over his leg and there are no cuts or anything!

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post #2 of 2 Old 10-11-2011, 11:31 PM
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Play it by ear I reckon. Perhaps he tweaked or bruised something in the paddock recently, or he's been over using his right because of the injury to the left, so he's a bit sore, but it doesn't sound like he's that bad, so I'd probably just watch, be considerate of it and if he's still having trouble in another few days or so, then consider a vet.
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