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post #1 of 6 Old 04-07-2011, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Please help! White nasal discharge and lame in right front leg

I took Berdi for a ride today on our country road. I was riding her bareback but was with my aunt and mom so it was safer. I usually use the saddle if I'm alone on the road. Anyhow, we were walking and trotting and then I asked for the canter and she pretty much refused - just speeded up the trot. I got her doing a more controlled trot and asked for the canter again as I thought she was being a bit stubborn or not getting clear enough signals. This time she broke into the canter, but just as quickly broke down to the trot and slid to a stop. As she stopped she made a little jump forward (didn't buck though). Both combined threw me off balance and I slid off her neck right into the mud!! I was fine and leaped up again. I jumped on again but she seemed to be favoring her right front leg. My mom noticed it too.

I got off of her, checked her feet and couldn't see anything wrong. I hand walked her the rest of the way and she favored it the whole way. She did this right after her trim too 8 weeks ago when I tried to canter her. I didn't worry too much as I figured she was just sore after the trim. But this is strange it being sore now. She didn't seem sore when trotting but when walking I could definitely see she was favoring it.

I'm planning on talking to my farrier as all last summer she was perfectly sound being walked, trotted and cantered on the gravel and she should not be coming up lame now. I haven't really ridden her hard until now, but the few times I asked her to canter after her last trim she has refused.

The other problem is that she has been coughing - I think it may just be spring allergies or something. She does it a lot when being ridden though and today I noticed that she had this awful white discharge from her nose at the end of the walk. Is it normal for them to have this in the spring?

Any advice is much appreciated!
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No the discharge is not normal, but it is quite common. It's probably just a cold and nothing to worry about unless it continues. Give her some time to clear it up herself, but if not call a vet for some antibiotics. She will have more of it after a ride as she is breathing and working harder.

I find it hard to imagine she is lame in walk and canter and not trot. I assume she would be lame in all three gaits. Can you have someone trot her in a straight line away from you and back again and watch her?
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I'll keep an eye on the discharge for sure. I was out again tonight and she didn't have it anymore so I guess it was just because she was worked. I think its very strange about her not showing lameness at the trot too. I could have my mom trot her maybe. She was definitely favoring it at the walk and as far as the canter, she just wouldn't do it so I assumed it was uncomfortable for her to canter.
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I imagine she is showing it in the trot too then. She'd have to be, lameness is pain and there is no on off switch.

Does she have any heat in her legs or hooves? Can you apply pressure to the sole of her hoof?
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Is the nasal discharge watery, very thin, or is it thick and very snotty? A lot of horses get watery runny noses when they are worked and there's usually no major problem. If it's real thick and smells bad there's an infection going on.
Not all lameness will show in all gaits. Some horses are lame but it doesn't show until asked to trot. Chanti was lame at a walk, more noticeable in a trot, but not noticeable at all at a lope.
Your mare could have sprained/strained something in that leg, or it's possible she stepped on a sharp rock and bruised her foot. is there any heat or swelling anywhere, anything off looking in her foot? Does she stand with that leg forward a lot, like in front of the other leg so there's not much weight on it?
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