Overnight LH Lameness~No Heat/Swelling?!

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    07-22-2014, 05:49 PM
Overnight LH Lameness~No Heat/Swelling?!

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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    07-22-2014, 05:53 PM
This horse should have been stalled immediately and the vet called, when the lameness was first noted. Going on vacation and hoping for the best , sure sounds like a mixture for disaster. In addition, bute etc is NEVER to be given in these situations. This is why some vets do not like letting backyard people have any type of drugs.
    07-22-2014, 07:02 PM
And this is exactly why I was hesitant to ask about this on here. Rude, spiteful answers like these. We financially cannot go bring the vet out for everything, and, thinking it was just a pulled muscle or something, we decided to let him rest for a little and see if it improved. It just so happened that our vacation was scheduled for this coming week. We will try to get the vet out before. In addition, there is no need for name calling and such. Yes, our horses are "in our backyard", but that doesn't immediately make us unknowledgable backyard hicks, as I feel was the intended meaning behind that comment. I simply do not understand why you cannot reply in a more constructive manner. For example, "I personally would have immediately stalled that horse and called the vet because *insert reasoning here*." Or "it is advisable to not give Bute or similar drugs unless told to do so by a vet because....." You will do nothing but turn people away and make them less open to other responses, ideas and reasoning shooting them down like that. As I've already said, replies like that are the exact reason I've pretty much stopped using this website, and I think that was a good decision on my part. Thank you for your time.
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    07-22-2014, 07:30 PM
It sounds like it might be a bad hoof bruise - you would not be able to see much on the hoof until it starts to grow out (they can be pinpointed with hoof testers). Bruises can create abscesses as they heal, so there could be one down the road a bit.

If you are concerned about an injury up farther on the leg, you could try cold hosing a couple of times a day for 15 minutes or so until the vet can get out. I think it is wise to limit his physical activity until then, to help promote healing.
    07-22-2014, 08:11 PM
Rather sudden onset like that sounds like a stonebruise, and it may develop into an abcess. Keep him in an area where he won't feel compelled to run, and where the ground is as good as you can offer him. You might try a cold hosing session. I think nothing to be lost by trying that.
    07-22-2014, 08:12 PM
Rialto and I are on similar brainwaves! We posted almost identical thoughts, at the same time.
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    07-22-2014, 09:27 PM
Just got off the phone with our farrier. She's also with you guys on the idea that it's a bruise/abscess. She's coming out Thursday am and is going to dig around and see if she can find anything, and meanwhile I'll be soaking the foot everyday. Any other suggestions? Thank you!
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