07-12-2008, 12:00 PM
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She's dragging her toe in the dirt when she walks? Any swelling in her hock/stifle areas? Does she hesitate to move forward or just as willing as normal, with the toe dragging added in? Any heat anywhere in her leg/hoof when compared to the other leg? Does the hip drop when she tries to put weight on the leg? Is she standing around and constantly resting this leg?
She may have just pulled something goofing off in the pasture. It could be more serious, but right now I think I'd just watch and let her take it easy.
In the abscence of blood/obvious swelling, etc, I personally would allow her to remain on turnout. Seems most gimpiness is made worse by confinement, unless there's something obvious like broken bone or inflamed tendon, especially since it has improved overnight. Unless, of course she has a bully of a pasturemate that may pick on her excessively, then I would remove her from the herd.