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    05-28-2013, 08:41 PM
Leg problem!

My horse has always had bad hooves but we tend to keep them trimmed pretty well so I am hoping that his new leg problem isn't due to any hoof damage. He has within the last couple of days been very shy with his left front leg. As far as I know there are no previous injuries to it and we haven't been able to ride him for a couple months due to ice and mud. The mud has just now gone away so we don't think that this could be caused from a fall in the mud. He has always been stiff and stubborn but when I tried to straighten/stretch his front legs he will only stand for a moment then refuses and pulls back or kneels down. I don't know what it is I checked for heat and swelling and found none. He is old and overweight which we have been working on but is hard with the winter. If anyone has any ideas what we could do to figure out what is wrong with him it would be much appreciated. If it doesn't get better by sat we will be taking him to a vet. Also if you know any good stretches they would be helpful since we can't afford to bring him to a chiropractor. Thanks Angie:)
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    05-28-2013, 09:01 PM
Sounds like he could be foundering he's a good canidate if to fat.
    05-28-2013, 10:47 PM
He could have an issue with his shoulders from previous improper trimming.
    05-29-2013, 12:10 AM
Could be anything I'm afraid. I wouldn't be doing any stretching, as this obviously hurts him & could do further damage depending on the problem. He could have just slipped in the paddock & sprained something, but without much more info, can't even really give much of a guess. If he's not getting better & Ok in a few more days I'd get the vet.
    05-29-2013, 12:25 AM
If it was foundering how should I be able to tell compared to like him being lame? Or any other injury like in the shoulder? Thanks:)
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    05-29-2013, 12:32 AM
Signs of founder include heat in the hoof and changes to the digital pulse. Here's an article explaining more.

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    05-29-2013, 03:58 PM
I would guess possible laminitis too. My horse had a lameness issue that started with her not wanting me to pick up her hoof...then when I would pick out her hoof, she would need to rest or go down to her knee if you didn't let her. When I asked my farrier at the time & friends they all acted like it was nothing. Overweight horses are more prone to laminitis/founder. I was having trouble getting weight off of her due to some thinking she needed the extra feed & arguing. Now she's been weaned off her feed and is on a grazing muzzle. Recent xrays confirmed slight rotation in her hoof. I would definitely consult a vet if it were me. Oh, and needless to say I have a new farrier!

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