My horse has never been lame before so there is always a first time for everything. Currently, I am waiting for the vet to call me back so I am hoping to get some answers soon.
He is a 6.5 year old Baroque Friesian. For the past 2 years since we bought him, we kept him barefoot (he was shod only for the sale). Due to a move, we had to put shoes back on him in May. Corrective shoeing was done in July/August.
Now 5 months later, I noticed this week that he stumbled a bit (he is in his 7th week and is due to get shod next Tuesday). Last Sunday, he was fed the wrong grain and given 800g vs. 500g of food. We watched him closely but there was no heat in his feet even today and most people advised it would have had to be alot of grain to cause that. Wednesday I rode him (he stumbled), Thursday I tricked trained and he walked fine lifting each leg when asked and moved forward freely. Yesterday he was off the entire day (no walker machine either) and due to a neck problem that I am having myself, I was not able to visit him yesterday and decided to not check up on him. His stall has an outside area so that he can move about freely but he was not turned out on the paddock due to the season change (the field is now closed). He was in his stall/outside area the entire day.
Today (Saturday) he is 100% lame in his front, left leg. He actually stumbled/staggered when I tried to walk him out of his stall and I thought it was because he was cold and stiff from no work yesterday. Sometimes, Friesians lock up for this reason and it is being researched now.
However, there was swelling in his leg as well. He is favoring the leg and we tried to do a hoof sensor test but it was hard to tell (he kept moving his foot away being a bit bad mannered). I rode him briefly and he did the complete head bob favoring the left shoulder and I immediately got off. He had that choppy, uneven feeling and those on the ground watching said he was completely lame!!!
The vet is due to come out (I have an emergency call in) but I have not heard back as of yet. I also have never gotten any X rays done so now would be a good time.
Should I be freaking out as of yet? Is it a Navicular (from poor shoeing) or something worse like founder from the mix up of feed the other day? He gets about 1/2 cup of Hypona grain (very little in terms of feeding guidelines) and at least 7-8 flakes of grass hay each day. One person at the barn noticed some swelling in the tendon as well so they think it was a stall injury.
I though at first that maybe he got himself caught in his blanket last night (It is a Bucas and well made) since Friesians love to lay down. The back of the shoe seems to stick out and maybe it got caught in the belly straps when he tried to get up and he twisted his leg.
Thanks for your feedback! This is so frustrating!!!
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