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post #1 of 3 Old 04-01-2010, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Possible lameness + itching/twitching

So through the weeks, I have noticed that my 13 year old Arabian gelding, Pickles, seems to habitually rest one hind leg more than the other. It's very apparent. He does not limp or anything, but this has always worried me.

We we got him his back feet weren't in the best of condition. Filed flat on the bottom (like someone had chopped away his frog), and just in general too short and thin. Following both vet and farrier's advice, we have him on Biotin, flax and equine senior (he came to us underweight) in order to help get some nutrition in him, plus daily applications of Rainmaker. He is only allowed to do ground work and hang out in soft sand. About a month later, there is noticeable growth in his hinds but the farrier wants to let them grow out a bit more until he trims them and puts on some corrective shoes.

Anyway...the other night I was entering his paddock to feed him, and he was lingering by the fence with his typical nasty feeding-time attitude. I told him to back off and he did...only it was in the form of racing down the fence line bucking. He kicked the metal pipe of the fence once...it rang loudly...so he kicked it again. With of course this "bad" foot of his which he keeps resting.

He wasn't limping or anything after that, but as he made an aggressive move toward me I made him run around in a few circles with the longe whip I had brought in until he behaved. It was approximately ten minutes, he wasn't breathing hard or had any sort of a weird stride.

Now BO tells me this morning he is acting "stiff" in that leg. I won't be able to ascertain for myself just what "stiff" means until a couple hours from now, but I am worried. It doesn't sound like he is out and out limping on it.

This foot...the left hind...is the worst of his feet. Product of overzealous trimming. I figured he was resting it a lot as some sort of consequence of that. Farrier (I trust this man implicitly), checked it out recently and said maybe, but it could also be an old injury and he is now in the habit of resting it.

Would something like a hip injury cause this? He lets me pick it up just fine and is not noticeably lame when he moves. When I go out there I will be examining it more thoroughly for heat and swelling, and might possibly have the vet check him. But I am still worried. Does this sound like something I should poultice or cold hose?

Also, BO told me she groomed him yesterday and noticed he has "bumps" on his rump. I told her...well yeah, his hips still haven't filled out too much and his topline is in the process of returning. I can still feel bonyness up there. She seems to think this might be rainrot? He does itch himself quite a bit...not extremely so, but more than the other horses. He is shedding a huge wookie coat and has some dandruff so I assumed these were the culprits...I'm sure he could use a good bath but it has been too cold. Assuming these bumps are not part of his spine, could anyone hazard a guess as to what they might be? BO told me his butt is too high thusly she couldn't get a good look at them. :/

I know this might be hard without pictures and more information, but I was hoping I might get some advice today from this forum before going out there this evening. Could the itching be an allergic reaction to something? She also said he was very "twitchy" in the skin when she was brushing him...which he normally is with me. I couldn't see anything so I thought he just had sensitve skin. But could this twitchyness be related to the itchiness?

Gah. I wish he was living in my backyard. This is so frustrating.

Any insight would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-01-2010, 11:36 AM
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My mare always rests her one hind leg, I had the farrier check, he didnt find anything but said he notice it was a bit funny. Ive trotted her and shes not lame per see. Ive just been rubbing her hind legs down with linament. Im hoping it will work out, since I dont ride ATM I am not to worried about her.

Skin conditions are very common it horses, it could be anythiny but rain rot or ring worm are the most common. Best thing to do is try to see if a topical will work. If it spreads or starts to really bother him, call the vet.
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Yeah...another theory was that he hurt himself at some point in his life on that leg, and the constant resting is just a leftover habit from that. Like your mare he doesn't act oddly on it when trotting, walking, cantering. Just when standing still. Perhaps I should start applying some linament.

He's not being ridden right now, but in a few more weeks we were hoping to start. The fact that he kicked a metal pipe not once, but twice (******), and is now acting stiff on it is worrying.
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