Pulled muscle or what?
Today, I was riding my horse when I noticed that the 3 mischevious Shetland ponies had escaped and were running toward the road (that's not too far from the highway.)
So I had to quickly tie Putts up to an insecure gate panel.
Long story short, when I was rounding up the ponies, he spooked and took the gate with him. I didn't see exactly what happened, but when I came back to him, he had broken his halter off (thank God for cheap nylon, I guess?) and was just chilling with one of his legs cocked. I didn't think much of it until I started to lead him back to the barn and noticed a limp in his back leg. I obviously had a slight panic attack and checked his leg over, but nothing seemed wrong to my untrained eye. No scratches, no cuts, nothing. I don't notice any profound swelling but since he's got his winter coat already it's hard to tell exactly. It's also not really tender either. I was putting pressure on various parts of his leg and he only flinched a little when I sweezed right above his hock (that area) and slightly when I squeezed his fetlock. As I led him a little bit he seemed to 'walk it off', but even after a half hour he's still limping on it and cocking it when he stands.
My dad guessed a pulled/strained/bruised muscle, and I kind of trust that, but I'm still a little worried.
What would you say; should I call a vet now or wait a week and see if it gets better? What would you do?
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it's the voice at the end of the day that says "I'll try again tomorrow"...