My gelding came up lame from the pasture about a month ago. He's a 7 yr old QH and has never had any major health issues. He is new to me as I bought him in January but he has been great ever since until mid-march. It never seemed serious like maybe he tweaked something playing in the field and it would go away...well, didn't get that lucky. Thought it may be an abcess and it isn't, or maybe a stone bruise, but he hasn't shown any tenderness on the bottom of his feet. My farrier came out to trim/shod for the first time since I've had him (after he was lame) and he said he has excellent feet. He has front shoes only.
We could tell it was his left front. It is not noticeable at a walk and he bears all weight on it just fine. Vet came out and did some blocks. He was slightly tender on his heels on that foot but blocking did nothing. Didn't see anything else until she checked suspensory and he flinched. She said if that's what it was it was low which is usually seen when they get it from the pasture.
I sweated and wrapped the leg for 5 days and he has been in a stall 24/7 for 2 weeks. After the first 5 days I've just been keeping it dry wrapped. Took him out today to see him trot a little to see where we were and it looked like he was noticeably better. I found myself looking for it more than before, but there was still head bobbing on the left front. When he was being all forward and prancy at first I couldn't really tell at all but his head was also high and more tense.
Tried to stay away from ultra sounds and expensive stuff first to see if we could pin point the problem. It definitely seems like this could be it since there was visual improvement. Vet didn't seem 100% sure though. I was sure it had to be a stone bruise because there are some rocks in his pasture and he plays a lot. Wouldn't he be tender on his hoof if that were the case though? I know both injuries can take up to weeks to heal and I know suspensory injuries especially can take months. He has never been super lame on it though, has always beared weight on it, and always willing to go forward. He doesnt look or act like a lame horse until he trots. So how does a minor suspensory injury like this pan out? How much longer do you think based on what you know and personal experience? Plans are to event this horse low level. I would be heartbroken if he couldn't :(
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