Well now we have to put working him on hold due to a weird lump on his knee.
Saturday before the show we went out to the field to get the boys (TC and Zippy) and I caught TC and as my BO was going to get Zippy he started trotting around like the dork he is. We thought he looked off but decided it was probably cause he was running around and acting silly. So I walked TC to the gate leaving my BO to get Zip. I got to the gate and my BO called and said "Does he look off to you?" I turned and Zippy was trotting towards me. He was most definitely off on the left front.
I caught him and my BO came over and we looked sure enough there is a bump on his knee. It was about the size of half a baseball. There was no heat, no swelling anywhere else. It didn't hurt him for us to push on it or mess with it. So we decided he was not going to the show and cold hosed it for about 20 minutes then put him back out into the field. We figured maybe he went to lay down and his knee bone landed on a rock making it sore because he was completely fine Saturday morning and when we went to catch him around 3pm that's when we found it.
Sunday and Monday the lump was completely gone but he was still a tiny bit off but not as bad as Saturday. So yesterday (Tuesday) I went to check him and the lump was back, only a tad bigger. The lameness was also back but again not as bad as Saturday. So I called my BO while he was at work and asked him if he was sure the swelling was down. He said yes there was no swelling that morning before he left for work. I told him it was back. He told me to get him to walk on the lunge line, then stretch the leg, cold hose for 20 minutes, stretch it again, and then put some liniment on it. So I did. He was still ouchy.
When you feel it straight on it feels like a bubble of liquid. When you run a finger from above it down onto it, it feels like a mass of some sort. I hope you can understand that description. It feels squishy when you touch it straight on but solid when you touch it while sliding your finger from above it to onto it. But it doesn't bother him at all if we touch it...just when he walks/trots.
Vet's coming out Friday.(soonest we could get...called last night when it came back. Vet said to just keep cold hosing it till then.
What do you guys think it is? Should we just keep cold hosing or is there anything else we can do till friday?
Here are some pictures of it. I can get more tomorrow if needed.
(From HIS right)
(From HIS left)
(front of both legs slightly angled)
(from slightly above it)
(From HIS left---- boots were just put on to get the flies to leave his legs alone so he would stop stomping)
(view from front of both legs)
(View from HIS left)