There is a weanling here who belongs to a friend and is in a bad way, so I said I would post here to see if I could find any answers for her.
Firstly, we live on a remote cattle station and there are NO large animal vets within any kind of reasonable distance. We would have to fly one in which is a huge cost.
His name is Cash. He was gelded here a couple of weeks ago. He was laid down and our head stockman cut him. Not the nicest way I do know, but he has done it numerous times before and it was the only practical way to do it here.
The swelling from gelding lasted a week and a bit, he cut was clean, drained well and is looking good.
However, he has done something to himself, assumed during being laid down or while being cut. He was dead lame on his back right leg, and has a severe roach back stance. No marks and a little swelling around the fetlock, but nothing that seemed to account for the three legged lameness.
He was on Bute and Pencillin which did improve him, but when taken off the Bute he was lame again, so he went back on. He then improved a lot, his back relaxed a bit and he was walking sound. So she stopped the drugs again, and he has gone downhill again, the tension is back in his back, and he is dragging the leg again. He toe drags it and holds it out from his body.
However to me it looks more like possibly a stifle or pelvis issue.
Has anyone seen anything similar? Any ideas on what could be the issue? I have attached a photo I took of him today, about two or three weeks after the gelding. There is also a (bad) photo of the leg that has been sore.