Right Hind Lameness concern
First of all, I have a farrier coming out first thing in the morning and following that if I don't learn anything, a vet. My 28 yr old Appaloosa gelding recently began acting like his right leg (dunno where) is bothering him, but only when I pick up the left foot to pick it clean. I think that the right leg is the one bothering him because he acts like he cannot stand to put all his weight on it when I lift that left leg. For the past few weeks, when I go to lift his left leg, he lifts that leg very high and kind of...spreads his hips, I guess. Tonight, however, when I went to clean hooves, he picked up the left leg and his right one stiffened. He started falling over to the right like he really couldn't bear much weight on it at all. But this is the only time he ever shows pain. I know he's got arthritis, but nothing has ever been this violently painful for him. Any ideas on what I could be facing here? No signs of trauma, no heat, no swelling, no lacerations. I am very concerned. If you have any ideas please let me know. I want to be able to ask my farrier and vet really great questions.