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.