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post #1 of 4 Old 05-07-2012, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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limping horse questions

So about 2 months ago it was really icy here, the whole yard was a skating rink, including my boys pen. Over the next week i had noticed him constantly resting his leg. We were at a loss as to what happened as on that same leg about 3 years ago he fractured his coffin bone, so i jumped to conclusions(worst case senerio). after finally after a long while of trying to get my farrier out he thought it was his leg and not his foot, as he used the hoof testers and got no reaction out of it. I know not all the time is it a reliable test but when my farrier stretched his leg a few different ways he seemed pretty uncomfortable, so we figured he may have slipped. Our farrier's horse had did the same thing but tore something and he didn't show the same symptoms so we dont think its that. Ever since we noticed it he still jumps around and runs on it without missing a beat. and last week he wast resting it at all for about 2 days...then he took off playing and bucking and an hour later he resting it again.
If he had just pulled or strained something roughly how long does it take to heal?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-07-2012, 11:55 PM
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If a horse is acutely lame for more than a few days, or chronically lame for more than a week or so, especially if you don't know what's causing it, time for the vet. You've left this boy suffering without knowing what's wrong for 2 months, so get the vet out. Hopefully it's something that hasn't worsened over time.
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After he fractured his coffin bone, has he been more or less chronically lame since then? My first thought would be to have your vet x-ray him again. If he slipped and did who knows what, usually the best thing is stall rest, and depending upon what you're seeing from day to day, limited and controlled exercise until the horse is sound, or as sound as he can be under his circumstances. There really is no way of knowing how long healing takes. Every horse and every circumstance is unique. It could be anywhere from a few days to several weeks, sometimes longer. I hope this is of some help to you.

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-08-2012, 05:00 PM
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You definitely need a vet. If the farrier stretched his leg and he was uncomfortable, he could have easily pulled something, damaged a joint, or torn something. These injuries require expertise to diagnose and treat (usually x-rays or a sonogram of sorts). Each one needs a different type of treatment. The longer you let it go, the more he may exacerbate the issue.

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