I havn't been able to ride her for about a week, but I have come to the stable to feed her, clean her stall, and just make sure she's a-ok.
Today I went to ride her on a trail, and she was being very lazy/slow and we weren't even past the stable yet, when it hit me. Maybe she's not just acting lazy, maybe somethings wrong. So I hopped off, ran my hands up and down her legs, feeling for heat, bumps, hidden cuts, etc. That's when I noticed that not only one but both hocks are swollen and hot on the inside. She's not lame at all, she's been running around the pasture like a wild Indian with all her buddies, even jumped a few sticks out there. For all I know, she could have had this for the past week and I wouldn't have even noticed! I even checked about 10 other horse's hocks to see if there was even something different because besides being a bit lazy (which she can be sometimes) she seemed perfectly normal.
So I skipped the trail today, groomed her real good, and put some Surpass cream (Anti-Inflammatory Cream) on the swollen/hot areas of her hocks, and left in for the night. I felt bad for leaving her in because it's such a nice night, but I knew if I kept her out her buddy, Neela, would try to lick the cream off.
Any suggestions on what it could be?
I'm calling the vet first thing tomorrow, but I figured I should see if anyone on here has had this problem before.
Could it be some weird abscess? On both hocks?