With the frozen, lumpy winter ground, I think that Sampson twisted something as his rear right ankle is now swollen. I just noticed it today. The farrier came and I thought I had seen it, but would check it after the farrier left. However, while being trimmed, I noticed that when given the option, he always relaxed that foot and even struck out with pain while he was being shod. My boy is very laid back and is used to being shod as he has been having it done most of his life.
I asked the farrier about it, and he said he noticed the swelling, but when I walked him off, he seemed just fine- both the farrier and I agreed. I didn't try to trot him off or anything.
I had one mare who was ALWAYS having issues- ligaments, abscesses, cracks, you name it. I am in the process of buying Sampson still and am a worry wart, so I automatically assume the worst.
Obviously I need to watch for more swelling...If I were able to post a video of him trotting, could you all tell me what you think? Should I be looking for heat? Wrapping it? Is this common for the newly frozen ground?