So glad you repied first! Essay for you! Yes she very rarely puts normal weight onto that fore leg (and it is that fore that shes lame on) Why do i take on these horses!! lol
She is rising 7yrs in june. She has only been over here a yr so i am assuming she was backed in holland and done lots of flat work, and then brought over here by a dealer.
My farrier thinks it could be muscle damage between the fore legs on that bad legs side as it would be this that was stretched when that particular flexion was made, she also doesnt agree with her leg being pulled out infront of her, and pulls back sharpish! She stands with her shoulder slightly rotated outwoods, and walks and the outside of her foot. Ian (farrier) also noticed that she is built larger on her lame fores shoulder area than the other.
I gave her a bute last night to see if it helps her discomfort (i was always told if its a joint problem then a corse of bute will bring a horse sound, but if it is muscle damage, tendon, or some bruising then it wont help much at all) So i may give her another and see what happens.
Do you think i should get her nerve blocked before x-rays as her owner is convinced its foot, and i would like to discount that idea once and for all!
The only history i know is that a dealer brought her over. Then her owners x husband brought her for their daughter (apparently he doesnt have a clue about horses) and she came off the box and the duaghter jumped straight on and tried to jump her. The mare is green and so got all upset and went up and over. The daughter is scared of her now! Then the farrier came out and found the shoe inbedded and she was footy afterwards.
Then she came sound and the owner had somebody else come and ride her, in the hope that her daughter would one day fall in love. She then when lame after her next trim and has been lame since august on and off! It is definately not foot, unless its a pedal bone fracture or something? That woudlnt explain the discomfort in her leg being pulled forward thought?