So, my horse has NEVER been lame in his life. Of course - when I make a mental note of this and silently rejoice with a mental happy dance, he comes up lame. BIG lame. He can walk about, and if you didn't see him trot you probably wouldn't think anything was out of the ordinary. However, when he trots, he taps the ground with his right toe and instantly yanks the leg back off of the ground.
Watching him walk after becoming aware that he is, indeed, lame, I noticed that the "toe tap" foot seems to be moving a bit off. Like, possibly he is not flexing at the fetlock as much as he is on the other side, and his foot is landing on the ground awkwardly?
Honestly, I have checked from toe to croup, and have not found any heat or anything really extraordinary :( I did find a very, nearly imperceptible "roundness" in the tendon just above his hock... but, I just don't know. There wasn't any heat, and it may have been the way he was standing. I mean... I'm glad there is nothing protruding or hugely swollen, but it leaves me without answers. Perhaps he has an abscess? Perhaps he slipped in the mud and pulled something? Maybe he is having lower back issues?
Ughhhh... this could go so many different directions.
I will contact our vet on Monday and have her come out :( He'll get the weekend off... I'm just so perplexed. He has never been lame... what should I expect from a lameness exam? All I'm seeing are $$$ above my head... I want to avoid unnecessary testing, and jump right into what would be most effective... although, I am aware that sometimes (especially in this situation) that is hard to do. Any ideas?
I poulticed both hind legs from the pasterns up last night, in hopes it would help alleviate whatever was ailing him, at least a little...