Hi guys, I need some opinions.
I went to get my horses in and noticed there is something wrong with Phoebe. She's really reluctant to walk, and to get her in from the field she needed constant pressure and walked very slowly. So I got her into the yard and pretty much started straight away to examine her. I noted the following:
- When she does walk she is NOT lame, but she IS very reluctant and as such I did not attempt to trot her.
- There are no areas of heat or swelling on any of her legs
- She was reluctant to lift her feet, but once picked out they were clear and showed no signs of thrush.
- She is standing with her weight evenly distributed and is not leaning back or parked out in any way
- Her hooves are slightly ridged, but not strangely angled.
- Her right front hoof has slight heat at the coronet band, all the others are cool
- she appears to be fairly drowsy. She's normally a fidget and not cuddly, but she just stood with her head on my arm
- her appetite is dulled
- she pooped, so I discounted colic. Her poop looked normal.
- She has no discharge from her nose or mouth
- her breathing is heavy for just standing still
- even stabled she has not chosen to lie down, but rather than looking over her door as normal she is standing in a back corner
My conlusion would be laminitis. She has not had it before, and has had less grass this year than any other year before. However, some friends hacked her out yesterday and when they returned there was tree blossom on the horses. I am concerned that if they were allowed to eat the grass below the trees it may have been affected by the spray used on the fruit trees, which would cause it to have a higher fructose content that usual, and it would have been very rich. Could this be a possible cause?
So far I have put her in her stable with 3-4 inches of shavings, and given her one flake of soaked hay, which has been put into layered haynets so she can only eat it very gradually. My farrier is due out a week tomorrow, so I may call and see if he can come out sooner. I will also call the vet tomorrow. I won't have much luck today as it is a bank holiday. I am monitoring her every 30 minutes.
What do you guys think about her symptoms? Also, do you have any comments on my actions so far or further suggestions of what I can do?
I'll be really grateful for your thoughts. Thanks. x