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    05-30-2012, 05:29 PM
my horse is limping

I have a 29 year old horse who has had a limp for the past 4 days now. I think it is in the leg and not in the hoof. He got new shoes on Sunday and I rode him on Monday and that is when he started to limp, but only at the trot, when we were walking he was fine (we did not canter). So the next day when I rode him he seemed fine at the walk then we started to trot and he still had the limp. So yesterday we did not ride and today I went out there and he was limping when when he got up from lying down. Is there anything I can put on his leg (its his front right) to make him not limp? He does not seem to be in pain as far as I can tell, just bothering him. ( he lets me pick up his hoof to clean it out, but when I start to put it down he slams his hoof on the ground)
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    05-30-2012, 05:33 PM
Green Broke
Possibly a hot nail? Call your farrier or gently tap the nails & see if you get a bad reaction.
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    05-30-2012, 05:42 PM
Well, if he's limping then he is in pain - even if he's being patient with it.

Have you felt slowly and carefully up each front leg, feeling for heat or swelling? Start from the ground up and compare each leg as you go. Let us know what you find.
    05-30-2012, 11:49 PM
I did both things, and I got no reaction from tapping the nails, and I looked at both legs and they were the same and did not have any heat or swelling.
    05-31-2012, 02:07 AM
Okay, well the source of lameness can sometimes be tricky to find. If he's still lame then you need to identify the problem - at his age he's unlikely to be able to 'walk it off'. I would suggest you stable him if you can, or bring him into a small paddock if you have no stable, then call the vet. Small lameness can lead to serious lameness if untreated.

I hope you find the problem soon.
    05-31-2012, 02:10 AM
Originally Posted by SunsettersGirl    
i did both things, and I got no reaction from tapping the nails, and I looked at both legs and they were the same and did not have any heat or swelling.
Ps you say you looked at both legs? Did you feel up and down them, inch by inch? Try putting one hand on each leg, 'mirroring' each other so that you notice any differences between the legs. Then work your way up the front of the front legs, and the back of the front legs. Slowly slowly until you find something. If he's lame he's in pain.
    05-31-2012, 08:07 AM
Yes, as SSR said, go over inch by inch. It's going to take a while, but it could be anything, anywhere from the hoof to the shoulder, even to the back, though I vote for hoof since this appeared right after shoeing. It could be that something just happened to occur after shoeing so you need to look at everything.

In addition to inch by inch on the legs from coronet to shoulder, do every part of the hoof as well. Check all over for heat. Wash, dry and do a very close visual inspection. Tap firmly/bang lightly on the bottom and walls of both front feet with a small hammer. You just might find something. Or not <sigh>, but definitely don't ride until you find an answer. Could be a bruise or an abscess that hasn't come out yet.
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    06-01-2012, 10:23 PM
Thanks for the help guys!
    06-02-2012, 03:06 AM
If he's lame please don't ride him as he's sore...

I would get your farrier back out as that's the most likely cause - could be a nail prick sometimes its hard to tell what causing it... Often its hard to tell its in the hoof when it is and it does seem the most logical thing

The farrier should be more than happy to come out and check and usually is cheap if not free - still no avail - perhaps time for the vet...

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