Vet, Chiropractor or wait and see?
Long story short, my mare came to me lame in October. However her feet were horribly trimmed and incredibly short. I basically stuck her out to pasture, let her hooves grow rnough to have something to work with and then got her properly trimmed. She hasn't been lame since and I have restarted her and had her in light riding (working on not rushing, so mostly walk and trot and lots of one rein stops, no cantering) for about 2 weeks. She has been 100% sound. I have mainly been riding bareback since we aren't doing anything intense, it's freezing cold and im lazy! I had the farrier out to do her feet again on Wednesday, had her done a little early so she would be on the same schedule as my other girls. The next day I went to ride she was off on her right front, put her away and the next day she was perfect, rode her no problem. Today I went to ride and she was completely off on her right front. I have a video, but I'll have to upload when I get home since I'm on my phone. Now my question is should I call the vet out? There is no swelling or heat, and she isnt favoring anything. Now is REALLY bad timing since I just paid for my classes (yay $161 for ONE class) but I have no problem eating ramen till my next check if need be. My second question is, could this possibly be saddle related? I've ridden her in a saddle only about 3 times and 2 of them have been the only times she has limped. Seems pretty far fetched, but maybe possible? That would probably mean something pretty bad in her shoulder. I'm concerned the farrier is just a coincidence and there's an inner issue I can't see. My very knowledgeable friend watch the video and thinks it could be an abscess. Anyways, in your opinion should I wait a day or two and see? Call the vet now? Farrier? Chiro? I'm going to go see how she is tonight. Im an experience horse person but have honestly always been very lucky with healthy horses, I don't have much experience with lameness and this is kind of baffling
ETA that's a little confusing but basically she's limping on her R front but stands evenly on all 4 and didnt show any soreness when I felt around everything. She had no problem gimp trotting in her stall when I put her away, so she isn't in immense pain.
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Last edited by TKButtermilk; 01-13-2013 at 06:37 PM.