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  • Why would my horse only limp at a trot
  • Horse is limping on front leg in a trot

 
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    04-20-2010, 06:03 PM
  #1
Yearling
Limping at the trot?

I've had Berdi for about 3 weeks now and have been riding her the last week or so. She had her feet trimmed over a week ago as they were really long when I got her. She has seemed fine at the trot and the lope and loves to be ridden.

But I saddled her up today and when I asked her to trot she seemed to be limping in her right hind leg. Yet she was perfectly fine at the walk, ears forward and very relaxed. I got off immediately and trotted her beside me and the same thing happened. I checked all her feet for stones, rubbed her legs down and put pressure on her feet and she didn't flinch at all.

She is 18 so I'm wondering if it might be a bit of arthritis? The foot that she was favoring was the one that had a bad crack and the bars had fallen on it. The farrier fixed her up good but I'm just wondering why she is limping now. She seems perfectly fine otherwise, so I am quite confused!

Any advice on what could be the problem would be appreciated!
     
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    04-20-2010, 06:24 PM
  #2
Yearling
Maybe it is arthritis, as you suggested. If nothing was wrong with her feet when you checked them and ruled out any thrush or anything than it could possibly be arthritis. I'd get a vet out to check her and see if it is arthritis.
     
    04-20-2010, 06:41 PM
  #3
Yearling
Hmmm... I'll think I may have to do that. Funny thing is, the people I got her from said she was ridden hard all day in the mountains last year and was perfectly sound. I wonder if joint supplements would help her if that is what it is? With supplements you can usually still ride them - right?
     
    04-20-2010, 09:32 PM
  #4
Trained
Maybe a close nail from the recent shoeing, or else he took a little too much off?
     
    04-20-2010, 09:39 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I think it may be due to that crack and the fallen bars you mentioned. Sometimes things can take a week after a trimming to really materialize. I would give her some rest and see how she is in a few days, if not better I would probably get a vet
     
    04-20-2010, 09:51 PM
  #6
Showing
I would firstly see if the lameness persists; if so, I suggest having a vet out to pinpoint the problem, and see exactly what is wrong. Once pinpointed, then you can take the right action to correct it - either with farrier work or supplements or another method.
     
    04-20-2010, 10:35 PM
  #7
Yearling
Thank-you for all the advice! I think I'll definitely give her rest for a few days and see how she is. She isn't shoed so it couldn't be a nail. But she was trimmed just a week ago so maybe she's still a bit tender.

The farrier said that she could have developed navicular in that hind foot if she had not been trimmed soon, as her bars were really fallen. However, he said he was sure she did not have it yet. He also said I could even ride her that same day. I've ridden her lightly (up until today when she started limping) and she seemed ok.

Do you think I should stall her so she isn't really moving around? She is out in a big field and even though I won't ride her, maybe she is moving around too much.
     
    04-20-2010, 10:57 PM
  #8
Trained
Typically, movement is good, because it helps circulation. A small turnout so she can't run and buck and play too hard is ideal. I find my mare paces a lot more in her stall than if I just left her outside, so I keep my mare outside all the time, but that's just me.

As far as why she's limping, my first guess is that the trim is pretty recent, and if the farrier took too much off, it will make her pretty ouchy. Kind of like if you were to cut a dog's nail too short, and it hurts.

My second guess is abscess. Abscesses are notorious for making a horse lame one day and then they'll be fine the next. They also can make a horse lame in a different leg. For example, the abscess could be in the left hind but the right hind is showing the lameness. Often, they can be sore in the left so put more weight on the right, making the right appear lame as well.

Try lunging your horse and see if she is more lame tracking right or left, and that can clue you in on which leg is actually the lame one. I only bring this up because my horse's right leg was swollen, and upon having the vet out, learned her left foot hurt, and the swelling was from over-compensating.

Or, if all else fails, soak both hinds, [or all four feet, like my friend does, lol] in warm water and epsom salt. It won't hurt if she doesn't have an abscess, and it will draw any possible abscess out, no matter what foot it is. =P

As far as arthritis, it's definitely possible. At 18, she's allowed to be arthritic. You can try some stretching, see if one leg will stretch better than the other. Again, it won't hurt her to stretch if that's not the problem.

And lastly, if the lameness continues, or gets worse, get a vet out. Good luck!
     
    04-21-2010, 12:33 AM
  #9
Yearling
I would put some money on this possibly being an abscess. It's the right time of year and they like to show up shortly after a trim, especially with her being fine one day and off the next. Don't give her any bute for now, because if it is an abscess this will only keep it from blowing out and healing.
     
    04-21-2010, 12:41 AM
  #10
Yearling
Thanks so much for all the replies and advice! I really appreciate it! If it is an abcess what can I do for that? Only thing I'm wondering is why she isn't flinching when I press hard on her legs and hooves? Is that normal with an abcess? I won't give her any bute now, just keep watching her.

I have a corral I can put her in, so maybe that would be better than stalling her. I sure know she would think so!!
     

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