I called a vet out right away because Molly is my dearest girl. She was very stiff and reluctant to move yesterday morning but aside from stiff she had no bad limp. She has over thirty small cuts/missing hair patches, cuts on her front ankles which are quite puffy now and a tear along her vulva. Nothing cosmetically very wrong, nothing a little hair growth wont fix. The vet that I had out says everything looked alright, x-rays wont be necessary, seemed puzzled why I would call him if nothing needed stitches. I called to chat with a second vet whom I hate (not sure why I even bothered) and he felt the need to tell me that she's old, she's twenty five, if she doesn't look like she will pull threw put her down. The third and my preferred vet, is away. (*IF she did need any x-rays, tests or anything the naked eye couldn't tell she would have to be hauled two hours away)
Now the reason I am posting this. (I know, if someone stole my walker and beat me over the head with it at age 75 I would walk funny to) Her left flank has some golf ball sized lumps in the soft belly area. The vet doesn't seem offended, but I wonder about internal bleeding? To ease my very worrisome mind I tried to google internal bleeding symptoms for horses and came up empty. Can someone enlighten me what to watch for and how long until I can breath again?
Secondly, from just before the point of her hip all the way to her tail bone is very sore. I mean if you dropped a cotton ball on her she would wince. Just in front of the hip is swollen (from the point of the hip to her flank). I really worry about a fracture. Again the vet was not worried but... Has anyone had experience with a horse who had a fracture? What would I look for? She isn't limping but I know that isn't always the case with them.
Third reason I decided to break down and bother you all with my worries is because this evening she developed a head toss. What would your thoughts be on that? I was so happy to see her moving around better this morning, 24 hours later. And continuing to eat well. Seeming to be better and better but I don't like THIS at all. The first time I saw her do it was about two hours ago, video here.
Walking wise its slow and stiff but she doesn't limp badly on the leg in question (hip, rather) and she is still more than happy to walk when asked.
She is separated from the others now.
She is walking around on her own, grazing.
She is eating. If anything she eats abnormally fast and acts a little hungry.
She is drinking. I haven't seen her pee and poop but I know that she is.
She does not have a temp. Her gums are a little pale. Breathing is normal.
Her beat up side, (The "wet" matted hair is from lavender oil to help with bruising)
Compared to bad hip (You can see the swelling under the point of the hip, the picture doesn't show it as bad as it is)