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    12-16-2012, 01:17 AM
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Foal
Limping right front leg :/

So I have owned my new horse for about 6 months now and may be ride 2 times a week with just some trail riding usually. Today after coming back from trails he started to drag his toe when walking, he was also stumbling more than usual, nothing definitely major or harshly noticeable but scared me enough to get off and walk back to the barn, when we got back sure enough he was slightly favoring the same leg but not stumbling anymore, found no signs of heat in his leg or hoof and he is barefoot and not really what you would call tender footed normally, also nothing lodged in side his frog or anything, After turning him out he persisted to roll get up and trot away ( of course favoring the leg) but there was a very noticeable clicking sound as he was moving, so my question is what are some diff types of symptoms from a shoulder injury and like a tendon or leg issue? Do they carry the lame leg in diff ways? Is one more serious than the other? What are treatments you can do before the vet comes out? Is there a process of elimination you can do yourself?
     
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    12-16-2012, 01:26 AM
  #2
Weanling
How old is the horse? Are any other horses around that may have kicked em?
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    12-16-2012, 06:57 AM
  #3
Trained
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Originally Posted by happytrailstoyou    
After turning him out he persisted to roll get up and trot away ( of course favoring the leg) but there was a very noticeable clicking sound as he was moving, so my question is what are some diff types of symptoms from a shoulder injury and like a tendon or leg issue? Do they carry the lame leg in diff ways? Is one more serious than the other? What are treatments you can do before the vet comes out? Is there a process of elimination you can do yourself?
Lameness issues can be very difficult (and frustrating) to diagnose.
Before you have a farrier or vet out, the best thing to do is isolate the horse in a paddock to limit movement and cold hose/ice even if you don't feel swelling (it won't hurt anything). Soft tissue (muscle/tendon) injuries can easily take 4+ weeks to get better, so resist the urge to start riding again too soon as re-injuries are common.
     
    12-16-2012, 12:14 PM
  #4
Foal
He is 16 retired heeling horse
     
    12-16-2012, 12:16 PM
  #5
Foal
And no he is out alone with no other horses, Yes it is so very frustrating should he be on stall rest or out to pasture alone like he is now ?
     
    12-16-2012, 12:22 PM
  #6
Trained
In my experience, a pasture allows to much movement. When we have a lame mare, we limit to something no bigger than a riding ring (100x200). If you only have a stall, I would stall him until you had a vet or farrier look at him.
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    12-16-2012, 12:24 PM
  #7
Foal
I'm leaning on arthritis bc of the clicking sounds I heard coming from him? Wht is there over the counter to help with arthritis?
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    12-16-2012, 12:24 PM
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Showing
The clicking you are hearing may be caused by the hind leg striking the fore hoof. This can make him quite sore in front. Check the skin by pressing your thumb from the fetlock down. There may be a tender area with some inflammation. If this is what is going on tell your farrier.
     
    12-16-2012, 12:26 PM
  #9
Foal
Dont think it is that but going to put bell boots on him just in case, farrier is coming out this week
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