This morning I went out to care for the horses, and I noticed that Kubie was walking funny. His front left leg was warmer than his right, and it feels like there is some swelling. When he stands still, he doesn't put as much weight on it as he does on his right. He will walk around, but is much slower than usual (he is usually the horse that trots up to the gate every morning). I called the vet, but am waiting to hear back.
Kubie doesn't have a fever and his appetite is good. He is still underweight, but is slowly gaining. Could this weight gain have hurt his leg? It also has been muddy during the day, then freezing at night--could he have pulled something then? He is going to turn 28 in May.
I've never had a horse go lame on me before, so this is all new to me. What sort of things might the vet recommend? How worried should I be?
This isn't something you would put a horse down for, is it? I just got Kubie last April, and I feel like we've barely spent any time together.