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        07-10-2013, 08:11 AM
    My qh came in lame... :( Update: kinda weirdo...

    And I mean LAME. :( Was just fine yesterday morning, and early eve when I came to move them both to the grass field she was barely walking. Her front left leg is definitely off.

    I did call the vet right away, and he said most likely abscess. However in my previous experience with the abscess (my paint had it while back), the leg above the hoof should be warmer, and you feel the pulse. That's not a case this time. I also couldn't find any bad or soft spot on bottom of the hoof (although I know it's not always visible).

    So can the abscess be without any signs besides lameness? I wonder if she pulled or twisted her leg instead of abscess.

    And before everyone starts to suggest yes, vet is coming out this afternoon, so hopefully we'll find out what's going on.
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        07-10-2013, 08:21 AM
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    Here's hoping it is something minor and she recovers very quickly!
        07-10-2013, 08:22 AM
    Green Broke
    As the lameness just started it could be an abscess that is old enough to hurt but too new to be causing other signs. The lack of bounding pulse is strange though.
    I hope whatever it is is an easy fix.
        07-10-2013, 08:29 AM
    I am also dealing with a lame horse. I feel your pain :( I didn't know about the pulse thing though- I'll have to check that on my guy tonight. I hope we're both dealing with hidden abscesses!
        07-10-2013, 08:35 AM
    That's been happening a lot where I am, because we've been getting so much rain. I've been taking care of my aunts horse, and he blew an abscess in all 4 feet. Been a stressful week! But I've had the vet out and talked to his farrier and they both said it's been a record for lameness this year because it is just so wet. His hooves are all a little soggy and bruised. Vet is keeping an eye to make sure he doesn't get too bad, but he was much better yesterday! I'm keeping him in dry stall and on a hay only diet.
        07-10-2013, 08:41 AM
    Thank you, folks! I keep my fingers crossed. On good note mom just called and said she walks around the field (yes, lame, but seems to be in a good mood). And she was normal herself this morning when I went to feed them (except the bad leg). So will see...

    EquineObsessed, that's what I read about this morning too: too much moisture makes those hoofs too soft and vulnerable. We have really bad year: rain is every or every other day.
        07-10-2013, 10:11 AM
    Green Broke
    I too suspect and early abscess. The whole of symptoms can be lameness without other symptoms.

    Had this happen a few times.. about a hundred years ago..
        07-10-2013, 10:19 AM
    Sounds EXACTLY like what Odie did last year. Fine that night, and the next morning he couldn't bare ANY weight on his front left. He was actually dragging his leg. No heat anywhere, not tender to the touch anywhere, NOTHING!

    So call the vet. Best we could come up with he got kicked just behind the shoulder. Gave him some bute for a day or 2, kept him in the stall overnight. Three days later, you'd never know anything happened other than he was cinchier than usual.

    No absess ever formed, so I know it wasn't that. Here's hoping it's as quick a recovery for yours as Odie was.
        07-10-2013, 02:57 PM
    My dad's horse was notorious for getting abcesses, and most of the time the only symptom is he would all of a sudden be sore. My mare though, I was able to finally get on her after a week off because she pulled the tendon around her knee, and she managed to take off for just 3 strides, but nothing happened. Finished walking her around, then hosed her off, and put her away. Her leg felt fine, and she looked content and happy so I left. Next day I came out, and she was pretty much non weight bearing on her front leg, wouldn't move, and there was no heat or swelling that I could see, not that she would let me touch her leg much. Called the vet out since it was so bad, and found out she almost severed the superficial flexor tendon. Not one of my better days. It only swelled up after I took off the pillow wrap, pressure wrap, and cast the vet put on, just to replace it with a pressure wrap. But it was quite obvious that she wasn't going to be moving anytime soon, and she was completely miserable. In your case I'd really guess abscess especially if it's been a wet season. Keep us updated.
        07-10-2013, 04:03 PM
    Thank you, All!

    Vet just left. He said it looks like an abscess. Unfortunately he couldn't locate a "bad spot" on bottom of hoof (to drain it), his guess is it'll popup above the hoof. So soaking + ichtamol dressing (spell?) twice/day in order. I keep my fingers crossed it'll go smooth and will popup soon without any more intervention from the vet!

    P.S. He could feel the pulse, as for being warmer he said it's too hot outside (indeed) to be able to feel the difference.
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