Originally Posted by twiz454
The stifle has a lot of parts where injury could occur. Keep cold hosing for now. After the vet exam you'll have a better idea of what to do depending on what he hurt. To me, it doesn't sound like he locked it up. I think it's going to be a ligament or tendon issue.
I second that.
Upward fixation of the patella you will know when you see it. The whole leg stays straight /stretched forward, then pops out. With a jerking upward motion. The same upward jerking if it's about to lock soon.
And yes, building up muscle to pull the ligament tight helps. That is step one.
Step 2 is leaving a bit more heel and square the toe, so the foot leaves the ground before the leg is in fully extended stretch.
Step 3 would be an internal blister.
Last resort is surgery, splitting of the ligament, which causes problems later on in life.
Come to think about it, you mentioned low heel long toe.......if he really has a Tad bit too long of a ligament......hmmm
I'd ask vet and farrier about the higher heel/square toe.