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    01-12-2011, 06:31 AM
  #1
Foal
Mysterious lameness?!

Hi there,

I hope I ll find some help here, as no one seems to find why my horse is lame.
My young mare has been lame for 2 months mostly on hard ground when walking in the paddock but I don't feel a real lameness when I ride her.
After being ridden the canon fetlock and pastern are swollen and we can see there is an infection going on. After shower and poultrice It's getting better but keep being inconfortable.
She has a light club foot, she is barefoot and leave outside. I do light work.
According to the vet the problem is not from the tendons (swollen is soft when tendinitis give a harder swollen) , xray shows no bones issues. So he says to wait and that could probably be a hoof issue.

I am tired of spending a fortune and been told to wait without being sure what my horse needs.
Did you have similar issues with your horses? Any advice?

Cheers
     
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    01-12-2011, 10:40 AM
  #2
Green Broke
If she has a club foot and the swelling is on the club foot or the opposit foot, then the club could be causing her issues. I would talk to your farrier. If he/she doesn't have any advice, find another farrier that has experience treating club feet. With the right shoeing (yes, will likely need shoes), stretching, and exercise, you can return a mildly club foot to normal or help make a moderate club move more normally.

If the swelling comes and goes it's not likely an infection. If the xrays don't show any joint or bone issues, then it's likely a hoof issue or soft tissue injury. If the farriers can't help, then I'd probably give her 2-3 months time off with hand-walking and some MSM and if it will resolve on it's own.

You want to get this issue addressed before it turns to something more serious like sidebone or ring bone. I would not continue riding the mare until you can figure it out or give her time off to let whatever is wrong heal.
     
    01-12-2011, 11:35 AM
  #3
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Marhii    
After being ridden the canon fetlock and pastern are swollen and we can see there is an infection going on. After shower and poultrice It's getting better but keep being inconfortable.
You can see there is an infection? Or do you mean inflammation? To see an infection would be to have drainage or pockets of pus.
     
    01-12-2011, 04:24 PM
  #4
Foal
The infection + swelling is on the club foot.
I suppose there is an infection cause le leg is hot and there is a little bit of pus going out but no cuts.
     
    01-12-2011, 08:45 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marhii    
The infection + swelling is on the club foot.
I suppose there is an infection cause le leg is hot and there is a little bit of pus going out but no cuts.
If there is an infection, the horse should be on oral or injected antibiotics until it clears up. If your vet doesn't know how to fix this, you need to find a new vet, ASAP. An untreated infection can turn into sepsis and the horse can die.

Where is the pus coming out at?
     
    01-12-2011, 11:28 PM
  #6
Foal
Puts is coming from fetlock but only after she had worked and last for a day max.
She is resting nowfor a little while, so everything looks clear.

Is the tendon can be affected even though there is no pain, light lameness and soft swelling inside the canon just below the knee?
     
    01-13-2011, 12:55 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Where on the fetlock? Is there an injury? Does it just spontaneously appear?

You really need to call another vet, and try to recreate the "issue" so he/she can see.
     

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