My little trail mare is getting more work than she used to as of late (a horseless-friend of mine decided to 'adopt' her for showing purposes, and is also sort of retraining her to respond to leg pressure and such. Ruby always used to be just for little kids to ride and the occasional trail ride.), and so I'm worrying more and more about the condition of her joints and muscles.
She has one back leg where the bone looks like it is bowed or has a build up of scar tissue (I can't really decide which), and I'm not sure if it's the result of an old break or injury or what.
She's not limping or favoring the leg at all -- never has -- and isn't tender or anything. It doesn't seem to inhibit her in the least, and so I never worried much about it before, but now that she's doing more than walking circles with a kid on her back, or the occasional short trot, I'm worried that putting too much stress on her leg will injure her.
I'm planning to ask the vet about it next time he's out, but I don't really see a reason to make a special appointment for it.
What do you think?