So my friend rode my project pony last Wednesday. The footing was pretty nasty, hard and lumpy, but was fine on the rail, so they w/t/c and popped over some jumps. He seemed fine. A few times, I thought he looked a teensy bit off, but just thought it was the footing. The next day, we herded all the horses down to the barns as always, and as he walked around the paddock, you could see he was very lame, pretty much hobbling on 3 legs, barely putting any weight on the left hind. There is absolutely no heat and no swelling ( in fact, his legs seem cleaner than usual!), and I do not see any wounds or feel any tender areas on the leg or hoof, though we do not have hoof testers. To me, it looks like it's up in the hip/stifle area, but I'm no expert.
We gave him Bute that evening (last Thursday) then yesterday and the day before pm. That helps A LOT, but he's no better once it wears off. He was in the smaller paddock Thursday night, then 24/7 turnout, but I think I'm going to keep him in starting tonight. We're going on vacation next week and my mom wants to wait til we get home to call the vet if its no better, but I'd like to get the farrier out to see about a possible abscess before then.
He's a 12 yr old grade pinto gelding that I got in march as a summer project. He was lame once before in late may, but that was just a little swelling in the left front that went away within 2 days and he was back to regular work in a week.
Sorry for the book, didn't want to leave out any details. So, does anyone have any idea what this might be? Thank you!
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