Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North central Iowa
My Horse is Lame - What Could Be Wrong?
We had a freak thing happen to us 2 weeks or so ago. The winds got really high here, and the trampoline in our yard literally flew into the horse paddock. We had a post down, and our conclusion is that Rusty tried to jump the 4 foot something paddock fence because he was so worked up. Obviously, he didn't make it and isn't going to be a Grand Prix jumper!
Rusty's entire leg was swollen, hip to fetlock. I called the vet and he told me to keep an eye on it, give him 2 grams of Bute twice a day, cold hose his leg, and Vet Wrap it. He thought Rusty probably banged it up pretty good. I vet wrapped it but was hesitant on giving the Bute so much and I don't have an enclosure where I can cold hose.
Rusty's condition has improved some. The swelling is now only in his hock. He can walk fairly well, but if he goes any faster, he runs on three legs or limps (I don't run him...he does it himself!). Also, it seems like he steps "wrong" sometimes and has to get weight off his sore leg immediately. It's been a week though, and I just think Rusty would be improving more. He has full access to the paddock after I initially stalled him for three days after the accident.
I plan on calling the vet tomorrow to see if I can get him out to look at Rusty or take Rusty to the clinic. Since it's Thanksgiving, though, would anyone have any ideas on this situation? My poor buddy looks so sad I take the other horse out for a ride. :(