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    01-13-2013, 06:30 PM
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Weanling
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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    01-13-2013, 06:49 PM
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Weanling
I would personally have the vet out (or trailer your horse in to them-- it can save a little $!) so they can test her hooves and at least tell you whether it's an abscess or not. You can always let them know that you're on a budget, so do the minimum that is completely necessary, etc.

How lame is she on a scale 1-5? (Description of Horse Lameness Grades 1-5)

As for the lameness being related to the saddle, if might just be the extra weight exacerbating any pain she is experiencing.

Edit to let you know-- I'm also a student with a tight budget, so I have an emergency CareCredit card on hand, which is a lower-interest credit card that can only be used for health care providers, for people and animals. You can look up veterinary providers that accept CareCredit in your area here and apply for the card through them or online. Just FYI! :)
     
    01-13-2013, 07:52 PM
  #3
Weanling
She's probably about a 2, she was in a tight circle. It was much less apparent on a straight line. It definintely became worse, but I had to make her do quite a few circles to really determine what was going on/get a good video. I think I'm going to have the vet out regardless, wouldn't hurt to get a full check since I didn't get a PPE. (she was 200 and its also a long story haha). I can make t work, it's just unfortunate that it's this week and my next week. But that's horses for you!

On the subject of care credit, I am 20 with no good or bad credit, therefore I can't get it unless I have a cosigner, which I don't :/ I've looked into it before purely to build credit.
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    01-13-2013, 08:25 PM
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Weanling
It's tough without video/other info, but if she's a 2 and bearing weight on it, I'm not sure I'd think abscess, but I would feel a little more comfortable giving her a few days rest to resolve it on her own. If it gets worse, it just might be an abscess. I wish I could help more!
     
    01-13-2013, 10:03 PM
  #5
Weanling
Actually, she's more like a 3+, I was definitely in denial.

Here's the video:
Buttermilk Limp - YouTube

I just got back from going to see little Miss Butterball, & to confuse things even more when I turned her loose in the arena so I could see how she moved she bolted, bucked, trotted and cantered all of her own accord, tail flagging and all. She is barely lame when loose, but it really shows itself when she is in a small circle. Loose you have to really know what you're looking for, so odd. I am thoroughly confused, however we are really leaning towards a shoulder issue. I'll be calling the vet tomorrow, hopefully he can come out Tuesday since I am off. Maybe she did something stupid in her stall? It's been really cold & wet, te horses have been a bit full of themselves and it's more than possible. She also fights with her next door neighbor, maybe she slipped?

ETA that video was taken after having her go around quite a few times, at first we were having trouble pin pointing which leg and then getting a decent shot. That's definitely it at its worst. Poor girl :(
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    01-16-2013, 01:39 PM
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Weanling
Update: just had the vet out. She is lame on her L front. He did a block on her heel and she was 100% sound, so she is now on 4 days of stall rest with 2gr of bute 2x daily. After that if she doesn't improve he will come out again and do X-rays. He's not ready to say navicular yet because it's usually bilateral and she showed no lameness in her R front & also because I know the exact day she started limping. She may need corrective shoeing to give her heel some extra lift, but we will see. At the moment he's not even recommending hand walking her because she's in a large enough stall, I'm going to probably hand graze her though otherwise she will go crazy and actually hurt herself.

On that note, doesn't anyone have any tips or tricks for getting them to eat bute? Buttermilk won't even eat apples, and won't touch bute. My vet recommended trying dissolving it in a small amount of coffee because that masks the taste.
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    01-16-2013, 02:08 PM
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Green Broke
I don't mess around with trying to feed meds, crush the pill , add some water suck it into a used cleaned wormer syringe, and shoot it in the mouth like a wormer.

Sorry bout your horse I was hoping it was behavior.. Yes they are smart, I had one that would limp like that if you walked outside with a saddle, soon as you went back inside and looked out the window he was fine, go back outside and as soon as he saw you he'd start limping. I was brand new to horses and he fooled me a few times, evidently in his former life hed been a dressage lesson horse. Figured out if he faked a limp he got to go back to stall get messaged , treats, and just watch the other horses. Sorry bout your horse hope it improves and isnt permanent
     
    01-16-2013, 02:11 PM
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Weanling
Yeah, I was hoping for an abscess or bruise. I will syringe if I have to, but I don't want her spitting half the bute at me! Haha.
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