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post #1 of 6 Old 02-17-2012, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Merlin's Hind leg sore?

This afternoon when I went to feed Merlin, I noticed he looked a little sore, he was walking a little bit funny. He is favouring his near hind leg, sometimes just holding it off the ground and is having trouble yielding his hindquarters.
He hasn't been in much exercise- I've just been hopping on bareback for around 15 mins daily.
I couldn't feel any heat anywhere but cold hosed his leg from the hip down. It seemed to me it was a leg thing and not a hoof thing. His hooves look fine.
Anyone know why? Could it be like a stifle locking thing?
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-17-2012, 12:54 AM
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Hoof abscess? Any heat in the hoof and can you feel a digital pulse? Its a good time of year for abscesses in Aus! My yearling just had a bugger of one dug out of a back hoof. They take a few days to really brew - if he is crippled lame in a couple of days - get the farrier to do some digging around for you.

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-17-2012, 12:58 AM
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Could he have slipped in the pasture or just played to hard?
Id continue to watch it and cold hose it. If you think and feel it's just sore muscles massaging it with liniment can help relaxe the muscles and keep healthy blood flow to heal faster

Best of luck
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-17-2012, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Hmm I didn't consider an abscess, Ill check that tomorrow and report back my diagnosis!
It has been horrible weather lately (Poor Merlin is in the wars, he had a small case of rain scald thats healing up nicely now)
Wouldn't be surprised if it was an abscess now that you mention it!
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Klassic, that would be my best bet if it isn't an abscess. He is a little bit clumsy in the paddock. Clumsy TB! Would find a way to hurt himself wrapped up cotton wool living in a bubble wrap stall :P
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-19-2012, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Okay so I felt his hoof for heat and didn't get any. He seems to be improving so Im thinking he just slipped in the pasture.
Thanks for your help Kayty and Klassic! :)
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