We got a little bit of rain today and a dirt portion of the paddock Drifter is in turned to pretty thick Mississippi mud. The horses in the paddock around him were running around and enjoying the rain, so of course he had to join in. I was standing talking to a friend and watching him canter around. He hit the mud and his rear right leg went straight out to the side. Scared me to DEATH. I thought his hip had given out. I catch him, look him over... see nothing. Palpate all over that leg, no reaction. A little while later he is trotting around and the same leg does it AGAIN. And this time he is no where near mud. He starts walking as I go to grab him again, and it does it AGAIN!!! at the walk!! Get him out again and work my way up the leg. I get to his stifle and he lights up like a christmas tree. Cowkicked at me and tried to bite the heck out of my friend who was holding him for me. This is very unlike Drifter so I knew at once it was a pain response. Check the other stifle, he is calm as can be.
I cold hosed it for 15 minutes, but we never noticed any swelling in the area. He is reluctant to back from the ground now, and when we did get him to back he swung his back end towards that leg. He would not back up straight (never been a problem before for the most part) and I could not get him to back crooked towards the other leg. He would only back into the direction of the leg that was hurting him.
When he moves it looks like he is picking that leg up, twisting it, and landing it closer to the middle of his body now. He is also reluctant to extend the leg for hoof picking, etc when I tried it this evening.
I'm a nervous wreck. Vet told me to just cold hose it and they would come out first thing Monday
Has anyone had this type of injury before? Any idea what could be going on with the stifle? I am wondering if the slips did it, or if the slips were just a symptom of some other problem in his stifle I haven't noticed?? I guess some could say until the vet is out that there is no definite answer that it is the stifle, but I really think it is. I feel like him kicking out at the lightest touch in only the stifle area is a pretty big indicator..but I don't know. I hate lameness issues. I'm going to be freaking out until Monday