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post #1 of 6 Old 01-16-2010, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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so when I went out to see the horse I lease today I saw she was standing funny when I rode by her pasture. As I watched her walk up she had a bit of a limp and didnt put much weight on her right hind leg. I brought her in and felt down her leg but there was no heat or swelling. She tossed her head a little as I touched her fetlock. NOthing major, but her mood just wasn't quite right. I've known this horse for 3 years and she has never been sick or injured. When I asked the owner about it she hadn't noticed it, and pretty much said it should be ok, she might have hit it wrong when rolling. I believe her, but is there anything I should look for in case it is something serious? Im going to give her a few days rest and see how she is then. The owner said it should be ok to work her but I don't wanna stress it if she is sore and make it worse. What would be the point when you would be seriuos about a vet? Should this be my worry?
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-16-2010, 11:24 PM
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Definitely don't work her while she is lame. Is it really wet and muddy there right now? Could be a sole abscess, or a tweak, or a number of things. I would say if it doesn't resolve in a day or two have the vet out, if it gets worse in the meantime have a vet out right away. Lameness is often hard to find the cause for even for a vet who has the horse in front of them, let alone get a diagnosis over the internet. I'm glad you're concerned for your lease horse, but ultimately I think health care decisions fall to the owner. The fact that there is no heat and she wasn't too upset with you messing with it is good. You could try soaking it to see if an abscess rears its ugly head- does anyone at the barn have hoof testers? You can try that to see if it is in her foot. Good luck to you two. Please keep us posted on any changes. Oh one last thing- if you do decide to have the vet look, make sure you don't give her bute or any other pain management or it will be really hard for them to determine what is up!
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The hard part is that the horse is at her farm (the house and farm are 5 miles away) and she doesnt do much with the horses. Someone goes over to feed them twice a day, and thats about it. Its very rare that she works with them. So I do it whenever I can. It is quite muddy since the ground is thawing, so maybe she slipped and sprained it? I just returned from vacation, so I don;t know how long its been.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-17-2010, 11:56 AM
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The hard part is that the horse is at her farm (the house and farm are 5 miles away) and she doesnt do much with the horses. Someone goes over to feed them twice a day, and thats about it. Its very rare that she works with them. So I do it whenever I can. It is quite muddy since the ground is thawing, so maybe she slipped and sprained it? I just returned from vacation, so I don;t know how long its been.

I was thinking the mud could make him slip (my horse tweaked himself like this as I was watching) or it could soften is feet and open him up to abscesses. It is pretty common during spring but things here are thawing early (never really froze) and a lot of horses at the barn have an abscess right now. Since you don't know how long it has gone on, if it stays the same through monday, I'd ask her to have a vet out. If it gets worse, call the vet. They don't necessarily have to come out, they can advise you based on the horse's history and what you think is going on.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-17-2010, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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So when I went out today I looked at the hoof and there was a bump next to the frog. Actually it looked like a rock in the crease around the from but after cleaning it would this be an absess? I showed the owner and she said it looked like she just needed a trim and she would call a farrier??
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-19-2010, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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We believe she did take a wrong step in the pasture. She came cantering up today with only a slight limp. At the walk and trot she looked fine. Thanks you guys for giving us things to think about. Now that I go back to school in 5 days, I'm glad shes doing better.
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