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post #1 of 4 Old 09-18-2012, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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What do you do when your horse comes up lame?

So my 18 year old gelding showed signs of lameness last weekend, nothing serious but definitely ouchy in his front left leg. Could find no swelling, heat or cuts and nothing stuck in his hoof. Have been keeping an eye on it and no riding to let him rest it, he is due to have his feet trimmed this weekend so can get the farrier to see what she thinks. Just wondering what most people do in situations like this and how long they would wait before getting a vet involved? Its my first experience with having a horse lame so not sure whether it can be common and if its the sort of thing to 'wait and see' if not seeming serious?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-18-2012, 12:58 AM
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IMO it is probably the beginnings of some arthritic changes. Were it my horse I would probably have the vet out to do a simple flexion test and recommend a course of treatment to help keep your horse more comfortable as he ages. Because at this point the joint is obviously acutely inflamed I wouldn't say no to an intra-articular shot of corticosteroids either. The IA shot, flexion test and call out fee might amount to a few hundred dollars, but then you will know what is wrong, how to treat it and have a happier horse for it :)

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Thanks very much for that, I did wonder if it might be arthritis. I will schedule a vet visit and get him checked out.
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Yep, for an older horse I'd certainly be vetting them. If you can get on top of arthritis early before the joints start to wear significantly, then you've got a good chance of prolonging the horse's useful life.
Good luck with the exam, let us know what the prognosis is :)

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