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post #1 of 14 Old 03-21-2011, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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sudden lameness?

Darn, I don't even know how to start this...my friend's horses are in my care next door to me, which means I make sure they have feed and water. Today, I went over as I do every day, and one of her horses wouldn't move and seemed to be in pain in the back right side. Picked out the hooves and felt around for any heat and felt nothing. Even tempted her with treats, still wouldn't move. I wonder if she might have slipped and fell, hurting her back, thus the lack of movement? Or could it be colic (no rolling or kicking at stomach)? I tried to contact her (owner of horse) and the land owner (very nice guy) said he'd try too. I'm thinking that a vet is in order here and am just asking you guys out of extreme concern for the horse. She hasn't asked or shown much concern for them in a long time but I hope she steps up at this point. I'm going over before I go to work tomorrow morning and will update. Til then, I'm hoping for some of your thoughts on this. I'm not very horse savvy as far as this goes...just so you know. Thanks for any help you can offer.
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Hey there! Calling the vet is definitely the best course of action as it is virtually impossible to diagnose a lameness over the interwebz, even if you were able to provide pictures and a video.

Wish I could be of more help!

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Hey there! Calling the vet is definitely the best course of action as it is virtually impossible to diagnose a lameness over the interwebz, even if you were able to provide pictures and a video.

Wish I could be of more help!
I know :( just a stab in dark on my part. If it were my horse, the vet would have at least been called and some sort of action taken. We'll see...

Thank you, sarahver!

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Soak the hoof and clean the bottom really well, see if there is a bruise mark underneath. My gelding went 3 legged lame because of one (he's a wimp).
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Soak the hoof and clean the bottom really well, see if there is a bruise mark underneath. My gelding went 3 legged lame because of one (he's a wimp).
OP says no evidence of hoof issue. Not even sure which area of the horse's body is "off".

Not moving to get a treat!!! That is bad. With colic, horse will be uninterested in treats, usually, but there will be other things, like elevated heartrate and breathing rate, white gums and lack of gut sounds. Horse usually will move with anxiety, but not always.

This kind of reminds me of some post I read here about a horse like this, wouldn't move at all, turned out it had a dislocated hip. Do you see any obvious misalignmetns of the spine, like bumps or twists?

Did you talk with Bob?

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Soak the hoof and clean the bottom really well, see if there is a bruise mark underneath. My gelding went 3 legged lame because of one (he's a wimp).
Will do! I've been told that this horse is kind of wimpy in the hooves too :) Thank you!
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OP says no evidence of hoof issue. Not even sure which area of the horse's body is "off".
A bruise is hard to see under dirt, even when picked out. But yes, it could be a number of things, kudos to the OP for looking out for the horse.
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OP says no evidence of hoof issue. Not even sure which area of the horse's body is "off".

Not moving to get a treat!!! That is bad. With colic, horse will be uninterested in treats, usually, but there will be other things, like elevated heartrate and breathing rate, white gums and lack of gut sounds. Horse usually will move with anxiety, but not always.

This kind of reminds me of some post I read here about a horse like this, wouldn't move at all, turned out it had a dislocated hip. Do you see any obvious misalignmetns of the spine, like bumps or twists?

Did you talk with Bob?

Caroline
I figured the "not moving for a treat" was very bad myself! I talked with my cousin this evening who has over 30 years experience. She brought up the very same issues as you did! She also said that it would be very hard to diagnose or have any opinion without being here in person. I get that. It's so hard for me, not being very "horsey", yet wanting to do SOMETHING...very frustrating. I'm going with the thought of some sort of misalignment as a result of being kicked maybe. I wish I knew more...but I don't. I'm just learning.

I haven't talked to Bob yet....tomorrow I'm thinking. Especially if things haven't changed. Then, I'm going to push for a vet if that hasn't happened yet.
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A bruise is hard to see under dirt, even when picked out. But yes, it could be a number of things, kudos to the OP for looking out for the horse.
If it's a bruise, would this heal much like an abcsess?
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Hang in there Cathy. You'll probly walk out there tomorrow morning , after a sleepless night, and horseypoo will come arunnin' for treats!
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