I have a 4 year old Quarter horse who has developed a bad limp in the past few months. For a while it did not worry me because she is young and loves to play in the pasture. To start with she would just walk it off and by the end of a ride would be back to normal. Recently the limp has gotten worse, in the morning when I let her out of her stall she can hardly walk to her feed pan and some days she has refused to get up to even leave her stall. This morning I was across the street and I noticed that she was having problems walking. Things donít seem to be getting any better. She is only 4 and she is in training for barrels and my little sister takes her to playdays. Last week my horse actually fell while limping with my sister on her. She does have splints on her front right leg and scar tissue right above her hoof form kicking herself while running, but she doesnít seam to limp on this leg and she has had them for years. Iím not sure what to do or even what is causing it. Is there anything I can feed her that would help the limp?
Really. The vet thinks she's fine, although she's so sore and lame that she can't even stand up in the morning? Is the vet blind? Time for a second opinion. Or haul her to the university for a full work-up.
Get another vet. A limping horse has a problem, though it may not be deduced by a simple exam. Your horse may need xrays, injections (nerve blocks to pinpoint unsoundness), or ultrasounds. A good vet won't say "nothing wrong" with an obviously lame horse - the fact she won't get up "some days" should be VERY alarming to you!! Nope. New vet (if your vet indeed did visit the horse) and don't take your trainer's word for it unless s/he studied at vet school, has a DVM, but prefers to make money training horses - even then if s/he thinks nothing is wrong with a horse that will hardly move to get its food, s/he's not worth listening to. I'd suggest a new trainer regardless if s/he's brushing off obvious lameness, and allowing you to ride. Posted via Mobile Device
Hydro? As in hydrotherapy and cold-hosing? Pretty sure that's not going to help the problem you described. And if a four-year-old needs a joint supplement, something is seriously wrong. I'd be looking at friggin' Wobblers Syndrome or something.