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    06-27-2012, 10:09 AM
Relaxed or hurting?

So Capone doesnt have a vet appointment til after 4th of July.. His knee swelling is going down, and still doesnt bother him..

But we have been working on ground work with him and he is always bending his back legs like he is relaxed. So I was thinking he is just takeing all the work well and being relaxed throught the work..

Last night we saddled him, to see how he would react.. we cinched him up and he tried walking of but after telling him whoa he stopped and let us finish.. he bent his back leg almost completley rolling his hoof under him. When mmy Old Horse is relaxed he doesnt do it that far.. So we got his footing and put a little weight in the stirrups and he bent his back leg again.. so finally my fiance threw his leg over and sat down.. Capone did not move but continued to alternate what leg he had bent.. So my fiance got off and did a littte more ground work and we let him go for the night and yet again, he walks off fine, no limping or even babying any leg..

My questioin is, Is he relaxed or maybe hurting?
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    06-27-2012, 10:56 AM
What caused the swelling in his knee in the first place? Is this normal for this horse? I personally wouldnt attempt to ride a horse that has swelling before being looked at by a vet. If it is from an injury, you wouldnt want to make it worse.
    06-27-2012, 11:03 AM
I believe he got kicked by the mini he was in the pasture with before I got him.. The horses ran him like crazy and the mini was EXTREMLEY mean to him... its not hot.. It does not cause him pain, he has full motion of it.. I would see if it was causeing him pain. Both knees feel the same.. I honestly think he got kicked it feels like little pockets of fluid..

And we arnt riding until the vet checks him out but we were seeing how he would react.. he stood still n didnt move with Nate on him
    06-27-2012, 11:07 AM
The bend is in his back legs like he is relaxed..
    06-27-2012, 11:42 AM
I'd be more inclined to say he is hurting. Most horses only cock their hooves, and gently rest them. Rolling it back so there is no pressure on it sounds A LOT like he's hurting.
    06-27-2012, 11:50 AM
Ill try n take pictures tonight..

He's cocking it but he rolls his hoof more under still putting pressure on it just rolls more than normal..

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