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    02-28-2011, 02:33 PM
What on Earth is wrong with this horse?!

Ok so nearly all of you know about Lola being lame. It has been over a month now. Well yesterday there was heat in her fetlock so I put her back out. Today there was no heat or no swelling so I was thinking great!! But I then looked at her other leg..Heat and swelling=/ What the heck! It is in the same place as her other leg! And like I said in another post she is losing all of her hair around her fetlock on all four legs..There is heat where the hair came out. So now there is heat in three legs and none in the leg that was lame originally.

Here are pictures of her bald legs.

Back leg

The bald patch goes the whole way around nearly

Front leg that was lame at first

And back leg

Sooo..Is the losing here connected to the lameness and the heat?

And surely there is some connection with the two front legs going lame one after the other?! =/

Anyone heard of this happening before?
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    02-28-2011, 02:35 PM
Green Broke
The hair loss is probably from the mud. :/
    02-28-2011, 02:38 PM
She started losing the hair when she was stabled..Sorry forgot to mention that.
    02-28-2011, 03:00 PM
Green Broke
Oh ok. Have you had a vet out? If not I think it would be a good idea to get one out ASAP! Maybe she has a fungus or some thing? Does her stall have shavings or straw or????? How clean was the bedding?
    02-28-2011, 03:02 PM
Also she has been in mud for the past 3 months. The horses hay is placed where it is extremely muddy! I mean like the mud goes up to my knees and very easy to get stuck! Could she have pulled a muscle or something..But would that last a month...Hmmm

The vet came and never even told me how she could have did it..

But like I do not get how it can happen to both legs in the same place...One gets better then the other goes bad like straight after..Does that mean it is not something serious? Because how could the exact same thing happen..Wouldn't she not be able to walk...Ahh I am going crazy.. XD

Sorry didn't see your post XD

She had shavings as her bedding. It was cleaned out everyday so I would say it was clean enough.

Once I put her out it got way worse. ( The hair falling out not the lameness) The lameness has stayed the same not matter if she is out or in. It has gone away then come back a few times.
    02-28-2011, 03:10 PM
Is the skin rough and scabby where there is no hair?

I do not remember the lameness history. What did the vet say it was?

If she is standing in that much mud I would guess she has thrush and that can cause lameness.
    02-28-2011, 03:14 PM
Hmm but would thrush cause a swollen fetlock and heat there?

The vet just came and flexed her joints..He never said one thing about how she could have damaged herself..

I totally forgot to say I checked if she was lame today. Not a sign of it at all. So I was told to lunge her. I lunged her going both ways a few times and still not sign of being lame. After I lunged her I felt her leg and the heat was gone...I then hosed all of her legs and the heat came back.

When I put her back into the field she trotted off and was lame again =/

The skin is rough but I don't think it is scabby. I will check tomorrow. When someone tried to touch it she attempted to kick so I guess it hurts.
    02-28-2011, 03:15 PM
Things like Scratches can hurt.

There can be more than one thing wrong here. One thing can be causing the lameness issue and another can be causing the skin issue.
    02-28-2011, 03:20 PM
If the balding and the lameness are NOT related, have you thought about Lyme's disease? I've seen several horses experience unexplained lameness, seemingly moving to different parts of their body from Lyme's...
    02-28-2011, 03:21 PM
Yep I would say so...But does heat always mean lameness? Because there is heat where there is no hair but she is not lame there.

She is being very aggressive lately..She actually got really angry at people walking past her. She pinned her ears back and attempted to bite. Would you say it is just the pain in her leg or is she just being a cow...Like I said before she has only started biting this past month and would never be so mean to people..

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