Subtle lameness

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    10-04-2012, 05:06 PM
Subtle lameness

Today, I noticed a subtle lameness in my horse on the right front lead.....gosh it could be anything. I tested his shoulders (flexing out and flexing forward on the ground) and they both seemed pretty much equal to each other, and he showed no discomfort. There's no heat, swelling or anything of the sort on his leg or the hoof........I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts.......could it be a stone bruise?
Someone at the barn said it was looking like the hoof......

The lameness presented with very slight head bobbing on the circle and he wasn't stretching right out freely.....
(am thinking the vet might be called, but don't want to jump the gun....farrier might be called first...)
Oooops, forgot to add, he's not due for farrier for two more weeks and he is barefoot in the front and has sliders on the back. He is turned out on his own during the day, and occasionally I ride him in the outside arena where there can be a few stones here and there.
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    10-04-2012, 05:09 PM
Could have a stone bruise, or be brewing an abscess. Best to call the farrier first.
    10-04-2012, 05:15 PM
Green Broke
You're spot-on that it could be anything.

Aside from the things you have already mentioned, "anything" could include the beginnings of an abcess or even laminitis.

If it doesn't go away in a day or two, or if it gets worse, call the vet first

If you can video him when he's moving, you'd be surprised at how that can clear your eyes and you sometimes see things you would not otherwise see
    10-04-2012, 05:15 PM
I would definitely carefully watch it for a few days and see if he seems to be getting worse or develops heat or inflammation. I would avoid any hard work but keep him moving - maybe some nice long walks on non-rocky surfaces.
    10-04-2012, 05:15 PM
Thanks! I cannot feel or see any obvious problems on his's worrying. I rode him on Monday, then he had a couple days off - on Monday he seemed fine.....I will call the farrier....I personally would prefer it in the foot than in the shoulder!

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