Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
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!
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Last edited by riccil0ve; 04-20-2010 at 10:02 PM.